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.
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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.