Hospital in Africa takes the path that it is unethical to go against patients’ stated religious beliefs. The consequence here was death.
A 21-year-old woman (name withheld) who had severe anaemia has died at the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital following her refusal to have blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs.
The deceased, a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Sect, was brought to the Hospital by her parents and twin sister after falling unconscious and died on January 3.
According to the JW practices, they are not allowed to “ingest” blood which also means receiving it through transfusions when needed to sustain life. Life/blood is from God. There is no negotiation unless the person is a minor. The hospital honored her refusal.
And so it goes.