Jehovah Witness woman in Quebec freely chose not to have transfusion and paid with her life
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that blood transfusions are forbidden by the Bible. Another Quebec woman of the same persuasion, 46-year-old Mirlande Cadet, died a few days earlier, on October 3, after complications in childbirth.
After studying the medical records, the coroner was convinced on Dupuis’s determination. She had said on five separate occasions that she did not want a transfusion. In studying her medical records, Malouin found five occasions when Dupuis told doctors she did not want a transfusion. “Refusal of transfusion even if death is the result,” one note said on the evening after she gave birth to her son Liam. After she was no longer able to give consent, her relatives, also Jehovah’s Witnesses, supported her decision.