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Teenage Jehovah’s Witness ‘died after refusing blood’

A teenage Jehovah’s Witness crushed by a car as it crashed into a West Midlands shop is thought to have died after refusing a blood transfusion.

Joshua McAuley, 15, was airlifted to hospital from the incident in Smethwick on Saturday but died later that day.

Elder at Smethwick’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Clive Parker said Joshua, who worshipped there, had “made a stand on the blood issue”.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on Thursday.

Joshua is believed to have told doctors at Selly Oak Hospital not to give him a blood transfusion on religious grounds.