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Death of Jehovah’s Witness during childbirth prompts investigation

A coroner is investigating the death of a young Jehovah’s Witness who died while giving birth at a Lévis hospital earlier this week.

Éloïse Dupuis, 26, required a blood transfusion during childbirth and died of a hemorrhage on Oct. 12 at Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis Hospital near Quebec City. The child survived and is in good health.

Quebec coroner Luc Malouin will look into the circumstances around her death and determine if there were any medical errors made.

Malouin will also have to find out if Dupuis refused to have a blood transfusion, a medical procedure that is banned by Jehovah’s Witnesses, even when a life is at risk.