A Quebec judge has decided that a 14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who has cancer must undergo blood transfusions, despite her expressed wishes not to receive them.
The teenager, who is not named, learned in June that she has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It has an excellent survival rate, if treated early.
The treatment involves chemotherapy, which often requires blood transfusions. But as a Jehovah’s Witness, the girl’s faith states that it is against God’s wishes to consume or be transfused with any blood. Continue reading
14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness forced to receive blood transfusion
A judge authorized a Montreal hospital to perform blood transfusions to treat a 14-year-old female Jehovah’s Witness with cancer, despite the girl’s refusal “even if it kills me.”
In authorizing the transfusions, the tribunal underlined that it is adhering to laws protecting children, “sometimes against their own wishes” when those decisions could prove fatal.
The girl had turned 14 just three months before becoming aware of her condition, and dreamed of becoming a music teacher. In his decision, Judge Lukasz Granosik of the Superior Court described her as “a big girl, bright and articulate,” who does very well at school and “exhibits a maturity above her biological age in terms of her behaviour.” Continue reading
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
The family of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after repeatedly refusing blood transfusions can’t sue the hospital where doctors begged for a chance to save her life, a state appeals court ruled.
The state judge found as well that the county judge rightly allowed the jury to see the consent forms Seels-Davila signed in which she explicitly refused to consent to transfusions.
“The consent forms were not admitted merely to show that Seels-Davila understood the risks of treatment, yet elected to proceed,” Shogan wrote. “The consents were admitted to prove that Seels-Davila knowingly refused treatments that would have saved her life.” Continue reading
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday affirmed a jury verdict favoring a Philadelphia hospital that had been sued over the death in childbirth of a Jehovah’s Witness who repeatedly refused to accept a blood transfusion, finding that an expert witness was appropriately precluded. Continue reading
The decision of a judge of the superior Court to order the transfusion of blood to save a new-born against the wishes of his Jehovah’s witness parents, Thursday, comes as no surprise to the experts in the law and the science of religions. Continue reading
The superior Court has allowed the doctors of the Mother-Child Centre (CHUL) to do a blood transfusion to a baby born despite the refusal of Jehovah’s witness parents.
The “baby-daughter” of the parents of the region of Bellechasse, Jehovah’s witnesses, was born with an abdominal mass, which requires an emergency operation according to the doctors. The parents were open to the trade as such, but refused any blood transfusion during the operation.
Due to the risk of death if the emergency operation had not taken place, the CHUL is, therefore, addressed to the superior Court on Wednesday, the day after the birth, to be able to proceed despite the notice of the parents. Continue reading
Paul-André Roy, the husband of Eloise Dupuis, was successful in the superior Court. The tribunal has reversed the decision of the CIUSSS Chaudière-Appalaches, who refused the husband access to the medical file of the Jehovah’s Witness. The Hôtel Dieu de Lévis has 14 days to send the case file covering the period from 5 to October 12, 2016.
Eloise Dupuis died on October 12, 2016, six days after his entrance to the hospital to give birth to her first child. Following a caesarean section, Eloise Dupuis has had to remove the uterus because of too great loss of blood.
Paul-André Roy had filed an application instituting proceedings in the superior Court in may last, calling at the Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis to give him access to the medical file of his wife. The hospital of the South Shore (Quebec) had previously refused the request of the man. It is a counsel of Jehovah’s witnesses, Me Sylvain Deschênes, who represented the Paul-André Roy before the Tribunal and who had signed this petition. Continue reading
In July of 2016, an allegedly intoxicated Gibbs was driving past the Michael Finnegan Market in Belize City when he began to swerve along the street. Gibbs eventually veered onto the sidewalk, where multiple people including Lilian Guy, Francis Hinds and Stephanie Pouchie were standing. Gibbs crashed into the group, completely crushing Guy’s right foot and injuring Hinds and Pouchie. After loosing a fatal amount of blood, Guy, who was a Jehovah’s Witness, refused to take blood from the hospital and succumbed to her wounds the next day. Continue reading