Dying to Believe

Some more of the same

Not much belief is worth dying for. Often there is foolishness that challenges the gag reflex:

Family of Jehovah’s Witness who died after refusing blood transfusion can’t keep suing doctors

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 case, outlined in an opinion by Superior Court Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan, involves a convergence of religion, medicine and the law.

Its focus is on what happened before Terri Seels-Davila, a Jehovah’s Witness missionary, died after giving birth at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia in November 2010.

Seels-Davila, who had been serving on mission with her husband in Nicaragua, chose Hahnemann because of its “bloodless medicine” program for patients who won’t agree to having blood transfusions, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, Shogan noted. The treatment plan for Seels-Davila called for recycling her own blood back into her system.

About time I am left completely speechless. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.


2 thoughts on “Dying to Believe

  1. Somehow I flashed on a completely unrelated situation (no blood relation) in the 1990s, during the big AIDS scare, where a group of motorcycle buddies who rode together all donated blood to one specific unit, so that if any member needed a transfusion he would not be potentially exposed to HIV- or hepatitis-tainted blood.

    The issue is still there, although they have eliminated to danger of catching HIV; but people will it seems get used to anything.

  2. Pingback: Dying to Believe | Skeptical Analysis

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