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Accident Victim Refuses Blood Transfusion; Dies

Her family was not permitted to sue for damages.

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• A federal appeals court ruled that the surviving relatives of an accident victim whose death was caused by her refusal to accept a blood transfusion were not entitled to money damages. A 2-vehicle accident resulted in physical injuries to a passenger in one of the cars. She was taken to a hospital and diagnosed as suffering from various injuries including a severed artery. She informed hospital staff upon arrival that she was a Jehovah's Witness and would not accept blood transfusions. Responding to her deteriorating condition, doctors requested permission of the woman's husband to perform a blood transfusion. The husband refused. He also refused to allow doctors to transfuse his wife's own blood back into her body. The woman died on the operating table from a loss of blood. Doctors testified that she would have lived had she received a blood transfusion. The woman's husband, and ...

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  • November 1, 1991

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