British Jehovah’s Witness Alison Mallinder (44) died as a result of refusing blood products. After years of abdominal pain, she was scheduled to have a hysterectomy. When the surgeon got in, he discovered that “some of her abdominal organs were stuck together as a result of a previous operation.” For three hours, four surgeons worked to separate them, and she suffered heavy bleeding. Her hemoglobin levels dropped, so that oxygen couldn’t be carried adequately to her major organs. Neither the drugs intended to counteract blood loss or the ventilator worked: she died a few days later.
Professor of reproductive surgery and medicine Ti C Li said: “She did not want to make a fuss about the fact she was a Jehovah’s Witness which is why she had not mentioned it until the day before the operation.
“I asked her if she wanted to go on because of the increased risks, especially if there was significant bleeding. But she was clear in her mind that she wanted to get on with the operation. Having satisfied myself that she realised the risks, we proceeded with the operation.”
… Coroner Chris Dorries gave a narrative verdict that Mrs Mallinder died after suffering complications during and after surgery “and the subsequent treatment regime against a background of refusal to accept blood products”.
It seems to me that the family ought to go back to the previous surgeon to discover how on earth her organs could have fused together.
The Religion News Blog doesn’t hold back on their opinion. These are fairly strident terms within which to frame the Jehovah’s Witnesses resources next to the post:
Sociologically, it is a destructive cult whose false teachings frequently result in spiritual and psychological abuse, as well as needless deaths.
In order to be able to support its unbiblical doctrines, the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization has created its own version of the Bible. The so-called “New World Translation” is rejected by all Christian denominations.