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
Estera Lenczuk died when she was just 33 after her son was born at the Whittington Hospital, in Archway, north London, in January 2012.
Mrs Lenczuk’ son, now aged five, was born by emergency caesarean and she suffered a massive haemorrhage soon afterwards. Continue reading
Keisha Baumgartner filed suit against Columbia Anesthesia Group P.S. and Dr. Mark A. Morehart after her mother, Angela Baumgartner, died due to massive blood loss after surgery.
According to court documents, Angela Baumgartner went into surgery for a minimally invasive surgery to have a mass on her kidney removed. Morehart was her anesthesiologist.
Baumgartner is a Jehovah’s Witness and according to their religion, they are unable to receive blood transfusions, even if it is their own blood that has been stored elsewhere and returned to them Continue reading
Jehovah’s Witnesses break the law forbidding “extremism” when its members refuse blood transfusions, Russia’s Justice Ministry said Thursday at a Supreme Court hearing on the question of banning the religious group in the country. The ministry added that if the organization is outlawed, its members could be prosecuted individually for extremism. Continue reading
A Washington state appeals court ruled Tuesday that an anesthesiologist didn’t breach the standard of care by not requiring a technician to reconnect a contaminated cell saver machine to a Jehovah’s Witness patient, who later died after losing nearly half of her blood in surgery.
Dr. Mark Morehart had been behind a surgical curtain when a suction tube meant to draw blood from a patient, recycle it and re-infuse it into the body fell out of the sterile field and onto the floor during a surgery to remove a tumor from Angela Baumgartner’s kidney, according to the decision. Continue reading
A two year-old boy with failing health can receive blood treatment despite the reluctance of his parents, the High Court has ruled.
In An NHS Foundation Trust v T, the youngster, referred to as ‘Child T’, had an abnormally low blood platelet (cell) count which doctors believed was related to problems with his bone marrow. As a result he had fallen ill and regularly required hospital treatment. Continue reading
Nhandi Ashley’s religion opposes the care little Deyanta requires
In an unusual custody battle playing out in Milwaukee, a mother is fighting to direct her baby’s health care, but the state argues her religious beliefs are putting her infant at risk.
Nhandi Ashley’s son Deyanta was three months premature and has been in intensive care since his birth Sept. 8. The day after his birth, Ashley said a child protective services worker came to her hospital room and informed her that her son needed a blood transfusion.
A Fulton County jury awarded just over $100,000 to the family of a woman who died after refusing to receive blood transfusions because of her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.
An attorney for the plaintiffs had argued that the Atlanta Medical Center—which offers a bloodless medicine and surgery program for patients who wish to avoid “bank” blood or blood products—could have saved Miriam Anderson’s life had it acted sooner in response to her bleeding 10 days after delivering a baby.
But, said Kenneth Connor of Augusta, jurors couldn’t get around the fact that Anderson had refused to accept a blood transfusion despite knowing that her life was in peril. Continue reading
Frank M. Brown, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Asheville (N.C.) VA Medical Center, was sued by a Jehovah’s Witness named William Clinton, who claimed Dr. Brown refused to operate on him and thereby violated his First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Though the case raises some interesting questions, it was dismissed by a U.S. District Court for reasons having little or nothing to do with the religious component. For one, Dr. Brown was protected by the Qualified Immunity Doctrine, which insulates federal employees from personal liability under most circumstances. Also, in the absence of legislative remedies, plaintiffs may sue for constitutional violations involving the Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments, but they can’t do so for First Amendment violations, according to the Supreme Court. Continue reading