Parents refuse daughter life saving transplant due to their religious beliefs

Parents deny daughter life-saving transplant

An Auckland girl suffering a rare kidney disease has been put into the guardianship of the High Court because her Jehovah’s Witness parents will not consent to her receiving a life-saving kidney and liver transplant.

Because of her precarious health, she is at risk of infection and doctors believed she needed to have an urgent kidney and liver transplant or she would die from infection.

Jehovah’s Witnesses allow transplants but the faith is strict in rejecting the inevitable blood transfusions that would accompany such an operation. They believe blood that leaves the body must be disposed of and not consumed or transfused.

The Auckland District Health Board went to the High Court last month and sought urgent orders placing the girl under the care of the court. A team of doctors including renal, blood, liver and gastroenterology specialists care for the girl.


Tip: Rick Alan Ross via Twitter

Jehovas Witnesses are known for their refusal of blood transfers, which such a major surgery would require.

It’s sad to see parents willingly let their child die due to religious beliefs. It must be a harrowing decision but that they can choose that route is hard to comprehend. Here is a similar case from Australia where a judge intervened.

  4 comments for “Parents refuse daughter life saving transplant due to their religious beliefs

  1. Peebs
    July 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    As far as I’m concerned JW’s are as much a cult as scientologists.

    The main difference is JW’s is a baby killing cult.

  2. July 14, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Ah, the arguments I’ve had with JW’s about the ‘soul’ being part of a blood and they’ve never been able to answer my questions – I’ve donated almost ten gallons of blood, do all the recipients now have my soul & am I now responsible for whatever ‘good’ or ‘evil’ they do? If these folks die does my soul come back to me or accompany the person who received my blood? And will this mean I can be in Heaven and Hell and on Earth all at the same time – just like Jesus?

    • RPD
      July 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      @Bob Jase: the word “soul” (nephesh (lit. breathing-one))in the scriptures, simply means “life.” There is no dis-embodied entity in your blood. It is simply that Blood is so closely intertwined in the life-process, it’s compared to/represented with life itself. The recipient of your donated blood are accountable for themselves. -when they die they will go neither to a Nirvana-like heaven nor to a pagan hell-fire, but remain unconscious until resurrected.

  3. Massachusetts
    July 15, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    That would be pretty cool. Hmmm…maybe I should become a JW?

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