The Watchtower’s blood, organ transplant and vaccine bans have had a devastating impact on the lives of many people. Statistics are difficult to come by, but it is likely that thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been disabled or lost their lives as a result of these teachings. We pay tribute to the victims and their families, and we share some of their stories with you.
I was working in a hospital on a OB-GYN floor, when this patient came in with uterine bleeding, passing two to three-inch blood clots – several times five at a time. The doctor had decided to do a hysterectomy but only after her bleeding had stopped. In the mean time, her hemoglobin count was at 6.0, which is low. She was told she would need a blood transfusion.
The night went on and the woman’s lips got very white. The nurse taking care of her told her she would need blood. The patient refused and her mother, who was in the room with her, told the nurse that it was against the bible.
The nurse called the doctor into the room and he tried to convince them that it was important to get the blood transfusion now. The patient being 42-years of age refused. The mother then called the elders of the congregation.
In the mean time, the nurse ordered another H&H to recheck her hemoglobin. This time it came back 4.0.
When the elders arrived, they suggested that she drink “Gatorade”. But the woman, now bleeding severely, could not hold anything down. More Witnesses showed up and they suggested several so-called solutions to try to help, like vitamin K , iron etc. Of course none of suggestions would help carry oxygen through the body. The only thing that could save this woman was blood.
The family was called in and the dying patient made out her will. The family said good-bye to her, including her two sons. They ended up getting a new doctor because they wanted to try “synthetic” blood products. But he told them that would not do the job; that only a red blood cell would do. Read the rest of this article. . .