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
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.
Diagnosed with a brain tumour , 50- year -old Samuel, a Nigerian, found himself in a dilemma as being a Jehovah’s Witness, he could not accept blood transfusion even if required during the surgery that could save his life. Continue reading
Blood transfusions are a common and often lifesaving procedure. However, some groups, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, forbid blood transfusions on religious grounds. Recently, the Royal College of Surgeons issued new guidelines on what to do when a person rejects a transfusion based on religious belief. However, these guidelines need further clarification to make it easier for surgeons to act fully in line with developments in English law when it comes to children. Continue reading
Vi godtar ikke forhåndserklæringer. Pasienten må være samtykkekompetent i det aktuelle øyeblikket for å kunne nekte å motta blodoverføring, sier Per Engstrand, fagdirektør ved Sørlandet sykehus.
We do not accept advance declarations. The patient must be competent to give consent in that particular moment to refuse blood transfusion, says Per Engstrand, Director at Southern hospitals.
Family and friends of 26-year-old Éloïse Dupuis gathered Saturday to remember a young woman whose death has sparked a movement.
The Laval event had all the features of a memorial with its candles, tributes, songs and photos. Behind it all, however, was an unmistakable sense of political urgency.
Dupuis’s aunt Manon Boyer wants Quebec’s Civil Code amended to prevent a further tragedy like the death of her Jehovah’s Witness niece. She repeated that call on Saturday, as did others in attendance. Continue reading
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