Young Mother dies after refusing blood transfusion!

India
November 6, 2007 9:41am CST
I read a piece of news today which was really distressing. A young woman who gave birth to twins died after developing complications. The reason is as a Jehovah's Witness blood transfusion is not allowed. How sad is that? in this time of medical advancement we loose a precious life because of 'faith'. I was really shocked to read it.
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• Philippines
6 Nov 07
That's indeed shocking! I didn't know about religious beliefs like this until now. And its a really sad thing because she just gave her life away like that. It could've been saved. Poor 'lil twins. They'll grow up without a mom because of this belief. Its kinda surprising though 'coz most of us would prioritize our lives and defend it with all our might. And here comes a woman who was given the chance to save her own life but refused to do so.
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• India
6 Nov 07
hello mermaid i did not know about the belief either but i got it confirmed here on mylot and in person that there is something in the Holy book where blood transfusion is not allowed....nobody is clear though. .....ya and the whole family refused as well....the husband, her parents....
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@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
6 Nov 07
I have heard this so many times now over the Years and it is not good Why do they believe this sort of thing I mean why do they let themselfes die when there is an option I just do not understand it
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• India
6 Nov 07
Hello Gabs good seeing you here........and yes its simply way too foolish to loose a young that can be saved.........
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• United States
6 Nov 07
What?? Thats the stupidest thing I have heard!! She needed blood and couldnt because of who she is? Its terrible. Now those poor babies have to grow up with out a mother whos life could have been saved by something so simple!!
• India
6 Nov 07
exactly copperkitten....and the whole family refused despite the hospital's frantic efforts
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@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
6 Nov 07
I don't really know what to say. I respect other people's religious beliefs but this is just sad. I would have a much easier time saying she was wrong if she'd refused for other reasons but her beliefs still don't make her decision right in my eyes. Those babies needed her. I would rather "sin" for my children and hope I could repent later than die.
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• India
6 Nov 07
Hello foxyfire thats what shocked me as well....those babies needed her and she held them and fondled them before the complications set in. And the hospital was frantic to save her but the family and she simply refused ...sad and shocking........
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• China
6 Nov 07
I am sorry to hear that two newly-born children lost their mother just after the moment they came into the world. It is not what we expected ,and I think it is just an accident. Although medical treatment has improved a lot since these years's advancement,medical accidents still exist ,some of which we could not avoid. let's bless the twins!
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• India
6 Nov 07
yes i do hope the twins grow up well and fine ....
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@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
10 Nov 07
I belief faith is what gives us the oppertunity to survive. She should have thought of her childern, but then again who am I to judge. I was not in that situation. It is a gift to man kind, what these medical people can do. I believe it to be a very persious gift. Take care, have a nice day.
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• India
11 Nov 07
Thank you Marga.yes i agree we were not there so we can not judge. i believe life is a gift as well and medicine is there to help us...
@Margajoe (4721)
• Germany
12 Nov 07
Thanks, I agree. It is still sad. But, more so for the people,children left behind. Take care, have a nice day.
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@avonrep1 (1863)
• United States
9 Nov 07
I just recieved a blood transfusion a couple of weeks ago. Any I can not imagine letting faith, kill me and let my children be without me. And people wonder why I think organized religion is wacked out. Stories like this is what makes me not believe in organized religion
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• India
11 Nov 07
o yes avon and religion is something private and i cannot understand how people can be so blind and please note i do respect religion and believe in mine....
@avonrep1 (1863)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I agree with religion being a private thing. And I do have my own beliefs, but I also believe I wouldn't of had children, if I wasn't meant to be with them. I feel bad for those kids, that have to grow up with out their mother, now because her faith meant more to her, than her own flesh.
@chamberd1 (240)
• United States
11 Nov 07
If you are truelly faithful you see everyone as Gods children. We are all siblings that have been given our chores. Medicine is the doctors.
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• India
23 Nov 07
yep i agree.....medicine is for our benefit and maybe God intended for us to have it.......
@vsraovsr (734)
• India
8 Nov 07
yes its very sad and distressing but many people believing faiths blindly and not applying to today's world making their lives miserable.One such faith is family planning.
• India
11 Nov 07
o yes its altogether a different debate we can have ...i guess religion is there to enhance our lives and not to bind us.......
• India
7 Nov 07
What can I say except for the fact that two little angels have been punished cruelly for no fault of theirs. Another thing that struck my mind is how we misinterpret religious dictums and fall prey to superstitions. Blood transfusion may be banned by some religious dictums coz as we all know now, blood transfusion can be very risky until and unless handled properly. We now have a host of facilities to check the purity and matching factors of blood groups but in those dark ages of complete religious beliefs, medical science was not so advanced. Yet someone knew about the dangers of blind blood transfusion but did not know the remedy to it. So the ban on it was spread wrapped in a religious garb so that people followed it blindly without any questions. Upto this point, it’s OK with my reasoning. What I find infuriating is that these religious preachers (of all faiths) do nothing to dispel these false notions and enlighten people to the truth. They fear that their hold on the community will wane once people start knowing and questioning. More than the mother, I feel like penalizing the religious leaders of her community for not spreading true light among their followers.
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• India
11 Nov 07
yes sudipta.....i agree ignorance can lead us astray ....and yes its sad two little babies will be motherless for no fault of theirs.....
• India
7 Nov 07
a matter of gr8 sorrow.. i cant digest such sad news...
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• India
11 Nov 07
yes.......
@cnetboss (2477)
• Philippines
7 Nov 07
I respect JW religion this kind of of practice is bit of unfortunate. Would you rather die because of your religious beliefs? I believe in LIFE itself.
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• India
11 Nov 07
exactly cnetboss i respect all religions but i believe life itself is a greater gift.....
@tatzkie (644)
• Philippines
7 Nov 07
i think that belief is rotten and out of time. the fact that it breeds ignorance then that religion utterly disgusting.
• India
11 Nov 07
i agree i hope people had more faith in life........
@pumpkinjam (5697)
• United Kingdom
6 Nov 07
I read about that. I wasn't shocked because I am well aware of Jehovah's Witnesses beliefs. While I fully understand about the faith and that they want to do what their Bible says, etc. I still obviously think it's really sad that a mother was so willing to die for her beliefs rather than be there for her children. I agree with a previous response that the particular entries in the Bible have been misinterpreted. I don't want to deny anyone their beliefs or be rude or anything but I couldn't understand how a mother could choose misinterpreted words of an old book over having her life saved so she could be there for her children. It is very sad that those children will grow up not knowing their mum all for the fact that she put her religion before her family. I don't want to be disrespectful and it is still a tragic loss but, in my honest opinion, it was so unnecessary.
• India
6 Nov 07
you know pumpkinjam you really put my thoughts to words.....because i did not want to say anything about somebody's belief either and kick up a huge row...but to refuse a simple medical procedure on the basis of what you believe in your private life simply had me reeling in shock.......religion after all is a private thing no matter how loudly we keep screaming about it. And to have that mixed up with medical procedures and loosing your life seems sooooo unnecessary ....
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@dsrp82 (678)
• Brazil
24 Jul 10
Because of religions like that people stoped believing