Blood de­ci­sion backed

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

MON­TREAL — Any­one has the right to refuse a blood trans­fu­sion, even if it means cer­tain death, says a Que­bec coroner who stud­ied the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths of two Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses who had re­cently given birth.

Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses be­lieve in­gest­ing blood goes against their be­liefs and that they should not ac­cept trans­fu­sions or do­nate their own blood.

“Ev­ery per­son in Que­bec has this free­dom of choice,” coroner Luc Malouin said in his re­port, which was made pub­lic Tues­day. “This free­dom has been ex­er­cised here in ac­cor­dance with the rules of law. It is up to every­one to make their choices and to fully as­sume the con­se­quences.”

Eloise Dupuis, 27, of Ste-Mar­guerite, died of mul­ti­ple or­gan fail­ure re­sult­ing from hem­or­rhagic shock on Oct. 12, 2016, just seven days af­ter giv­ing birth to her first child.

She had been trans­ferred to hos­pi­tal in Le­vis from a birthing cen­tre af­ter com­pli­ca­tions, but had said from the start she’d refuse blood prod­ucts or trans­fu­sions. A note in her med­i­cal file said she told med­i­cal staff she’d pre­fer to die rather than re­ceive blood prod­ucts.

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