During her pregnancy in 2010, Seels-Davila indicated in a form signed with Hahnemann that no blood should be administered to her during her hospitalization, in accordance with her religious beliefs, according to Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan’s opinion. When she encountered challenges during labor that led to blood loss, she reiterated verbally and in writing her refusal to accept blood, including telling one doctor she “‘would rather die than receive blood products.'” Her doctors, certain she would die without blood transfusions, sought permission from her family members to do such a procedure and were rebuffed, the opinion said. She died in November 2010. Continue reading
In the UK, while parents have the right to make decisions about their children’s medical treatment, their wishes will be overruled if they refuse a reasonable life-saving treatment which has a very high chance of working.
The classic example of this is parents who are Jehovah’s Witnesses and refuse blood transfusions due to their faith. There have been many cases where the courts have sided with the doctors against the wishes of the parents.
There is a difference, of course, between parents refusing recommended treatment and parents, as in Charlie’s case, asking for treatment against advice. Continue reading
Grace Mahata (not real name) is a Jehovah’s Witness nurse and on this particular day she had problems deciding whether administering a blood transfusion to Dyson would not put her in bad terms with her church and her God.
Mahata who until this day had been in the nursing profession for three years took a long time debating with her conscious whether doing it would disrepute her religious standing, at the expense of the four year old child’s life.
According to Dyson’s mother, Sellina M’mangisa, it took over 3 hours before her son received the blood, until the time that the nurse found a workmate to conduct the transfusion on her behalf as she had finally settled that it was against God’s will.
A man who almost died after refusing a blood transfusion has hit out at the “harmful” practices in the Jehovah’s Witness religion that prohibited him from doing so.
Phil Dunne was a devoted Jehovah’s Witness five years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer and told he would die if he did not receive a blood transfusion to negate internal bleeding caused by a tumour in his stomach.
“They make you really terrified of telling anyone you have doubts or anything like that, so I hid it for a long time and because of that I was breaking down, I was acting terribly and I really wasn’t doing well and that was affecting my marriage negatively.”
Calls to reform Quebec’s Civil Code are mounting in response to the death of Éloïse Dupuis, a 26-year-old Jehovah’s Witness woman, six days after she gave birth in October.
Dupuis’s refusal of an emergency blood transfusion to treat a hemorrhage led her aunt, Manon Boyer, to call for changes to the law that would allow staff at Quebec hospitals to administer life-saving treatment in such circumstances. Continue reading
Yet the Watchtower Society – which governs adherents – adopts and encourages behavior that raises questions about whether many Jehovah’s Witnesses may express an enlightened and free decision about blood transfusions.
Writing anonymously because of their fear of losing family and friends, some Jehovah’s Witnesses have taken to the internet to expose the pressure applied to followers to comply with the ban against blood transfusions. Continue reading
The following is a side-by-side rebuttal to the Jehovah’s Witnesses document “Blood Transfusions: How Safe?”
Underlines and section titles have been added to the Jehovah’s Witnesses side.