Ethical Scenario of the week -The Jehovah’s Witness boy

You are a doctor responsible for the care of a 13 year old boy whose parents are Jehovah’s Witness Church members. Your patient is severely anaemic and you would normally recommend a blood transfusion. However you know that this would be going against Jehovah’s Witness rules. Jehovah’s Witnesses normally forbid blood transfusions believing that they are ‘unnatural’ and preventing the will of God. What do you do, how would you approach this situation?

Think about this, discussion and answer next week!

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