What should doctors do when parents request ‘second best’ treatments for their children? There has been research into the ethics of parental refusal of treatment, for example, Jehovah’s Witness parents who refuse a blood transfusion for their children. In cases where the life of the child is at risk, it is widely accepted that doctors
A Quebec judge has decided that a 14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who has cancer must undergo blood transfusions, despite her expressed wishes not to receive them. The teenager, who is not named, learned in June that she has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the white blood cells. It has an excellent survival
14-year-old Jehovah’s Witness forced to receive blood transfusion A judge authorized a Montreal hospital to perform blood transfusions to treat a 14-year-old female Jehovah’s Witness with cancer, despite the girl’s refusal “even if it kills me.” In authorizing the transfusions, the tribunal underlined that it is adhering to laws protecting children, “sometimes against their own
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The patient, a 70-year-old man with high-risk prostate cancer, was a Jehovah’s Witness. His religion was one of the reasons he decided to undergo surgery at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, home to a robot named da Vinci whose steady metal hands can remove a prostate with scant risk of the blood transfusions forbidden by the
Karine Petrosyan developed a series of very rare and serious conditions, which threatened both her and her baby’s life. Thanks to the UC Davis surgical team, she beat the staggering odds, without a blood transfusion, and is safe at home with her baby.
During her pregnancy in 2010, Seels-Davila indicated in a form signed with Hahnemann that no blood should be administered to her during her hospitalization, in accordance with her religious beliefs, according to Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan’s opinion. When she encountered challenges during labor that led to blood loss, she reiterated verbally and in writing her
The family of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after repeatedly refusing blood transfusions can’t sue the hospital where doctors begged for a chance to save her life, a state appeals court ruled. The state judge found as well that the county judge rightly allowed the jury to see the consent forms Seels-Davila signed in which
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday affirmed a jury verdict favoring a Philadelphia hospital that had been sued over the death in childbirth of a Jehovah’s Witness who repeatedly refused to accept a blood transfusion, finding that an expert witness was appropriately precluded.
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.