Jehovah’s Witness patient can be given blood transfusion, court rules

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The High Court has made orders allowing a hospital to give a blood transfusion, if necessary, to a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The order was made by Mr Justice Tony O’Connor, who said that he accepted that the patient’s life maybe “on the line”, and that he may require a blood transfusion.

The judge said that, while he respected the religious beliefs the man holds, the court was satisfied that the man currently lacks the capacity to make an informed decision about the medical care he is being provided with.

The court also noted that no Advance Care Directive, which is a document held by members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith stating that they are not to be given any blood or blood products under any circumstances, in relation to the man had been provided to the hospital.

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