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
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
Jehovah’s Witnesses facing the decision of whether to receive a blood transfusion are in no position to make a free and informed refusal of the procedure, alleges former Witness Lawrence Hughes.
Hughes’s 16-year-old daughter Bethany was the focus of a high-profile court battle in 2002 in Calgary, Alta., over her refusal to accept blood transfusions after being diagnosed with leukemia. Continue reading
Jehovah’s Witnesses are defending their ban on blood transfusions after the death of a new mom in Quebec this month. Family members of Eloise Dupuis, 27, say she was influenced to decline a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion after a bedside visit by a “hospital liaison committee” of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the CBC reports. Dupuis, a practicing member of the church, died Oct. 12 after suffering a hemorrhage six days after giving birth by C-section. Continue reading
Hospital visits by Jehovah’s Witness elders, aimed at defending the right of members to refuse blood transfusions, are under scrutiny following the death of a 27-year-old Quebec woman who hemorrhaged earlier this month.
One former Witness described the hospital liaison committees as “intimidating.”
But their use is defended by the Canadian branch of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, which says the committees are available at the patient’s request to assist them and advocate for bloodless medical procedures. Continue reading
The young Eloise Dupuis, died last week at the Hotel Dieu de Lévis, refused a blood transfusion because she was a follower of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, shortly before his death, the young woman had been in the hospital, visiting senior members of the sect. This “Jehovah’s Witnesses Hospital Liaison Committee” had pressured the young woman to conform to the dogma and refusing to receive blood. The Sun reported yesterday that relatives of M me Dupuis had indicated that members of this group were found in the room of the young mother until the final hours of his life.
Though he wouldn’t comment on the recent death of a young Jehovah’s Witness, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said Wednesday that he had witnessed the influence religious groups can have on patients while he was working as a doctor. Continue reading