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Woman Dies After Jehovah Witness’ Family Refused her Accepting Blood Transfusion | Widower to Press Charges Against Wife’s Family



A Nigerian widower, Emmanuel Timothy, has decided to press charges against members of his wife’s family who refused to allow her get blood transfusion after loosing so much blood during surgery, eventually leading to her death.

Timothy told the News Agency of Nigeria that his deceased wife, Grace, who was a member of the Jehovah Witness, died on Monday at the National Hospital, Abuja because her family refused to consent to her having a blood transfusion. She was a police corporal, assigned to the Wuse Zone 3 Police Division, Abuja.

She lost her pregnancy at seven months, which resulted in a surgery to get the baby out. After the surgery she had complications. When she complained of serious stomach ache, we rushed her to the National Hospital where the doctor said her stomach had to be flushed. But, before the flushing, they said she needed blood transfusion because she had already lost such much blood. However, she did not get the blood transfusion because her religion and family forbid blood transfusion,” Timothy said.

Speaking on pressing charges, he said “I have to press charges because they prevented my wife from receiving blood transfusion.”

Over our dead body. It is better she dies than for her to take another person’s blood,’’ they said to me.

Timothy was at the police station to report the wife’s death.


Her death is very sad and what makes it even more painful is that it could have been avoided. The decision to accept blood transfusion in most hospitals lies on the patient or his or her family. If there is a refusal, it is usually premised on religious or cultural reasons.

However, in some cases where the doctor knows a patient will most likely die if he or she does not accept blood transfusion, is it right to override the decision of the patient or family and give the patient blood?

What are your thoughts?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Opsy

    January 8, 2013 at 11:18 am

    It is right for doctors to seek the consent of the family in cases like this to avoid litigation.

    • stephen

      January 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

      The belief of Jehovah’s witnesses to refuse blood transfusion is based on the bible!!!! Its sad she had to die but she is only “sleeping” in GOD’s eye. She would be resurrected in the new world- paradise. I’m proud to be a Jehovah’s witness

    • missie

      January 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Chai… I don’t even know what to say to you right now. So she has fulfilled her purpose in life abi and it’s ok for her to “sleep”? Chai…

    • Mana

      January 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      I have many members of Jehovah’s Witnesses in my family, but some of their believe is very strange! It is sad that this woman could live. May her soul rest in peace!

    • brittany

      January 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      thank you…even if she took blood transfusion, will that guarantee survival…i know people who took blood transfusion and died after..that’s even if they were not lucky to die in the process…doctors here in America have even started to adopt that strategy and seek other alternatives…

    • Ray

      January 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Stephen you have lied to my friend. Who decides which fraction is okay to transfuse and which is banned? Soneone at WT headquarters…

    • omolola

      January 9, 2013 at 12:21 am

      which part of the bible? make una dey yarn opata! God forgive you, by the way my father has plenty mansions in lagos, when it becomes your paradice you shall inherit it. long hiss. u better start seeking the light before it is too late. Heaven and Hell is Real

    • Pab

      January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

      In bible times, blood transfusions had not been invented, nor was it used in a medical way to save a life. So how can one know what Gods thoughts are regarding using it medically, to save a life? What was condemned in the bible, was different, it was the custome of drinking, and also eating of blood.

    • Sam

      January 14, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Please do your own research. The belief is incorrectly based on misinterpreting scriptures.
      Refute any errors you find on To be fair, research both sides of important issues. I did after finding out about the extensive amount of JW child abuse cases and the WT paying out 20 million on the Candace Conti case. Read up on that case and If anything on jwfacts is false, why doesn’t the ever litigious Watchtower society sue??? Think. Educate yourself and learn about cognitive dissoance and logical fallacies. The death of this woman was in vain.

    • Anon

      November 17, 2014 at 1:22 am

      you are CRAZY! I feel sorry for your wife and children. Since you like Fairytales let me tell you another. A man was on top of a roof when a terrible flood happened in his town. Three times people in boats came to him saying “jump in! Let us save you”. He waved them on arrogantly “no! God will save me!” Eventually he drowned. When he got to the gate he was upset and said “My God, why didn’t you save me??”. God said, “Who do you think sent the three boats idiot?” Stephen – YOU are that idiot.

    • omolola

      January 9, 2013 at 12:18 am

      at this point who nis family? husband or family??

  2. Danny Haszard

    January 8, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Jehovah’s Witnesses *blood transfusion confusion*.

    In 2013 God’s will and scripture has little to do with the Jehovah’s Witnesses position on use of blood products.
    The JW leadership is foremost concerned what will play out in a secular court of law as to the parent Watchtower being held liable for wrongful deaths.
    Most Jehovah’s Witnesses rushed to the ER with massive blood loss will cry NO BLOOD right up to their last breath.
    The shocker is they can now have most of the blood components that will pull them through,but they are so indoctrinated that blood is forbidden that they can’t comprehend the loopholes.
    The Watchtower has drilled and grilled us that our stand on blood is NON NEGOTIABLE.
    The loopholes that allow blood usage is to save the Watchtower corporation money from blood death liability suits.
    This is a truly evil organization that would sacrifice tens of thousands of men,women,children for the almighty dollar.
    The blood products ban has been in force since 1945 the buzz today about it being a *personal conscience matter* and the hope of new medical advances like artificial blood don’t undo all those who have past perished.
    The New York city based Watchtower sect is concerned foremost with liability lawsuits for wrongful death.They know that if they repeal the ban on *whole* blood transfusion,that it will open the door for legal examination of all the thousands who have died since 1945.
    Cults do get people killed!
    50-100 times as many men,women,children have been killed by the Watchtower society ban on *whole* blood transfusions than at Jonestown kool-aid mass murders.
    *tell the truth don’t be afraid*

    Danny Haszard

    • DDD

      January 9, 2013 at 3:21 am

      Danny obviously you have considered that Jehovah brings back those whom are faithful to him. Right? i know this is a far reaching subject for you since you placed yourself in the evil slave class and an apostate. Keep on your trolling. I’m sure youll find favor with the few, who like you, are constantly misleading the public. May Jehovah rebuke you…

    • Anon

      November 17, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Another brain washed idiot…

    • Carlos

      January 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Danny Danny, clearly you were one of JW and were dis-fellowshipped. there is no much anger in you. in fact you make it a point to go to any and every JW post and spread your poison. I will pray for you…..
      Also, its up to that person what they do with their life. if they want to refuse Blood is their choice. based on bible believe, the law says that we should not still, yet have you not ever downloaded a song or movie from the internet? well that was your choice, likewise our faith says that we should not take blood but in the end is up to that person and between that person and God.

    • Lucian

      January 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Anger ? no. Its called a conscience and empathy and awareness that the watchtower is responsible for the deaths of many, The watchtower is an executioner.
      Downloading a song is not comparable to refusing blood.
      To talk of choice is untrue. The watchtower doesn’t allow choice. You know that. You follow what it dictates or you pay the price. Be it death, shunning, or looking the other way whilst children are abused.
      Who in their right mind wouldn’t find this outrageous and wrong.

  3. Michelle Emiaha

    January 8, 2013 at 11:46 am

    They should state the truth and stop painting the story. All members of Jehovah’s witnesses make the decision themselves. If you choose to take blood, its your decision. If you choose not to take blood, you’ll be given a NO BLOOD card which prevents any doctor from giving you blood especially when you are in an unconscious state. The family cannot decided for the doctor. I’m very sure its the NO BLOOD card that prevented the doctor from transfusing blood to her since it is duly signed by the patient. Its their religious belief and everyone should respect it

    • Walter Era

      January 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      *cannot decide

    • Grayce

      January 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm

      thank you!!!

    • carlos

      January 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      well said :)..

  4. stephen

    January 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

    The belief of Jehovah’s witnesses to refuse blood transfusion is based on the bible!!!! Its sad she had to die but she is only “sleeping” in GOD’s eye. She would be resurrected in the new world- paradise. I’m proud to be a Jehovah’s witness

    • sade

      January 8, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      please where in the bible is it stated that you cannot give blood… WHERE WHERE WHERE!!!!!!!????????… my people perish from lack of knowledge

    • PeeCeeCee

      January 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      Dear Sade, the scriptures at Acts 15: 28, 29 clearly states: “For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to YOU, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication. If YOU carefully keep yourselves from these things, YOU will prosper. Good health to YOU!”
      Use your own translation too, dear Sade… Read and meditate properly, pls.

    • Amazed???

      January 8, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      @Peeceecee, I can’t believe the rubbish you just spouted. If you read your bible properly and with common sense, you will see that the blood you are asked to abstain from is blood taken orally. i.e through food (in meat) or drinking. It is not written anywhere in my bible that you should not take blood transfusion.

  5. Fola

    January 8, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hang on, where was the husband when the hospital said she needed blood? Legally he is her next of kin so it is his decision if she needs blood. I don’t get why the hospital will listen to her family. Yes Jehovah’s witness patients tend to refuse transfusions but when a person is dying, it is their next of kin who takes the decision.

    • Shao

      January 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      yes!! true!! Her husband is her next of kin and legally should decide. Though i have heard of cases that get to court cos of disagreement between family members and spouses on medical decisions regarding an invalid. Unfortunately, it seems from what i understood that the lady did not have time on her side for court cases etc. Ideally all jehovas witnesses opting out of transfusion should get a card which says they are “not to be transfused.” This would prevent all these confusions in the hospital setting.

    • Anon

      November 17, 2014 at 1:30 am

      What country are they in? Some cultures don’t believe even in grown ups deciding their own faith. No! The whole damn town has to have their say, some tribal leader with limited education but a good memory for spouting forth sayings from their particular holy book is given the power of life and death over you and your loved ones. After herself, Her husband should have had the only say in this decision. The relatives get to go home to their wives / husbands. He goes home in absolute grief either alone or to motherless children. It is a pitiful thing to deny this man his beloved wife under the pretext of some false biblical law.

  6. julit

    January 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

    i lost a very good friend back in school because she was Jehovahs witness and they forbid blood transfusion. Poor Shulamite died because of her parents stupidity and the stupidity and porousness of their fucked up religion. i am yet to find where in the bible its written. foolish people that don’t stay in their houses. When they knock at my door i chase them with hot water.

    • Kl

      January 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Who you do? If you like listen, if you like don’t listen it doesn’t take a penny out of their pocket or shorten their lifespan. You prefer to be grovelling at the feet of pastors who rip your pockets apart and spend it on private jets. I wonder who is foolish and stupid now

    • aj

      January 9, 2013 at 1:18 am

      As someone who used to spend months volunteering at projects at Bethel, this is ridiculous. Do you know the billions of dollars in properties the organization is in the process of selling or has sold? Do you know that while the funds are raised by congregations for new Kingdom Halls, it is actually the society that owns the buildings and profits from the sales of the halls when they are sold, not to mention makes money of the interest it charges each congregation when it loans the money for the hall to be built.

      They may not do an outright tithe, but how much money do you think they get through “suggested” donations at halls and assemblies? Especially now they have the means to take credit cards. How much do they get from their “suggestions” for the followers to make the WTS beneficiaries of their wills?

      As for private jets, do you know why they make it so you have to only go through the travel agency they recommend to get to an international convention? Because such a large group booking gets all the higher-ups free travel (business class) and (deluxe) rooms and meal credits in fancy restaurants to these same conventions that rank-and-file JW’s don’t get.

      Google Beth Sarim. The San Diego mansion that Judge Rutheford bought to live in, claiming that when Moses et al were resurrected, they needed a nice place to live in. Which was also the reason he needed a fleet of fine cars. Other religions aren’t the only ones that make a profit off God.

      Did you know that blood transfusions weren’t outlawed until the early 1940’s. Neither were organ transplants. And those got banned by the religion, too. And then they got un-banned in the 1980’s. What about those that died from refusing to get an organ transplant during the time they were banned? Does the Governing Body or Jehovah get a pass on their lives by saying oops, sorry new-new light?

    • Lucien

      January 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      They need to knock on your door. The watchtower requires its people to fill in monthly field service report cards detailing how many hours were spent doing door to door work/spreading the “good news” .
      If your report card is lacking in hours, you are viewed as spiritually weak for not putting kingdom interests first- and your place in paradise is not guaranteed.
      Really you are helping them by opening your door, and accepting a magazine, not the other way around.

    • lulu

      January 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      U are definitely ignorant!What makes you think u cherish life than your friend? Her beliefs and that of her parents are bible based and they have every reason and right to follow their bible trained conscience!

    • Lucien

      January 11, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Bible trained conscience also says that there must be TWO witness to a child being SEXUALLY ABUSED or the abuse did not happen. Bible trained consciences are not synonymous with purity and right thinking.
      Abusers/pedophiles do not abuse children with anyone watching. This 2 witness rule so beloved by the governing body plays right into the child abusers dirty sick hands.
      This is why the watchtower were found guilty of MALICIOUSLY failing to protect a child from a sexual predator. See Candace Conti Vs The watchtower.

    • Sparlock

      January 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

      You mean of course, follow what the society say don’t you? When I became a witness things were much different, and now it is far different why? Because they get sued that’s why. People die following this advice, people secretly take blood every day believe me they do. You are not the one to make a decision for a married couple, the family should shut out of it completely. He has lost a child and a wife now so that old men in Bethel can feel powerful.

    • omolola

      January 9, 2013 at 12:25 am

      I remember her too. she was in my class 2007 Accounting. sad. soon as i saw this title she was the first person that came to mind

  7. Mark Samuels

    January 8, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Jehovah’s Witnesses doctrine allows a liver transplant but not the blood that is in it.
    Reasonable points are raised about bloodless alternatives during ELECTIVE scheduled surgery. However, bloodless alternatives are no substitute for blood transfusions when there has already been massive loss of blood volume, as occurs in accidents and trauma leading to sudden blood loss.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that life is sacred to God therefore blood is sacred because it represents and symbolizes life. Jehovah’s Witnesses put a higher value on blood than they do life.
    Which is more sacred? The symbol or that which it symbolizes?
    No blood dogma does get people killed!
    Since 1945 year, 50-100 times as many men,women,children have been killed by the Watchtower society ban on *whole* blood transfusions than at Jonestown kool-aid mass murders.
    Please think about that!

    • lulu

      January 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      U are definitely ignorant!What makes you think u cherish life than your friend? Her beliefs and that of her parents are bible based and they have every reason and right to follow their bible trained conscience!

  8. bee

    January 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I imagine that the law stipulates that the husband is the next of kin. If the patient has no advanced directive leaving instructions on how they wish to be treated in a life/death situation, then the next of kin should decide not extended family members.

  9. Lady Jaye

    January 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    The doctors should have asked her consent before goinginto surgery. After that the decision lies witth her next of kin. Being that she is an adult, she ahs a choice/they have a choice.

    for anyone who is an adult NO ONE has the right to force anything on them Doctors SHOULD NOT transfuse an adult by force. What a stupid question! There is such a thing as a choice. Were her family not aware she could die without the blood. And where the hell was the husband during the surgery anyway?

  10. Boris Slovin

    January 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    The deadly blood transfusion ban was started by a psychopath JW by the name of Frederick Franz.

    Blood transfusion to a Jehovahs Witness is like psychiatry to a Scientologist.

    The Bible has nothing to say about whether a Christian should accept a blood transfusion,only that blood should not be eaten. Jehovah’s Witnesses take this literal interpretation and then dogmatically apply it to a medical procedure.
    If a Witness decides that their conscience will allow them to receive blood, then they are shunned and excommunicated from every friend, family member, and JW church in the whole world, until they die.
    Something’s not right with a religion that does that!

    • Dami

      January 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      I fink that you are biased and u also have no respect for the choices of other people…any wonder why there is religious intolerance? You should state ur views and not go insulting people. Furthermore your ignorance has shone forth thru ur comment. People who are not Jehovahs witnesses choose not to take blood. And this days doctors will rather not transfuse..that’s why there are minimally invasive surgeries.

    • Michelle Emiaha

      January 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      Well said!

    • tybay

      January 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      You really do sound like an apostate. I am sorry on your behalf because of the spiritual darkness that has blinded your power of reasoning…

    • PeeCeeCee

      January 8, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      Dear Sade, the scriptures at Acts 15: 28, 29 clearly states: “For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to YOU, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication. If YOU carefully keep yourselves from these things, YOU will prosper. Good health to YOU!”
      Use your own translation too, dear Sade… Read and meditate properly, pls.

    • mfon

      January 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      ok when this scripture was written, blood transfusions were not even available. how then did you conclude this scripture was banning something that was not even in place. Keep it simple

  11. Debo

    January 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    The choice of whether or not the blood should have been used lies solely with the doctor with his priority being to save the victims life


    The victim has given written consent to her doctor, at an earlier date BEFORE THE INCIDENT, stating explicitly that she will not accept blood transfusions that goes against her beliefs.

    As this is Nigeria we are talking about here, where even a simple “Do Not Ressucitate” list is not maintained, I am PRETTY CERTAIN the doctor had no record of such FORMER written consent from the victim. Therefore, saving the woman’s life WAS the stupid & illiterate doctor’s legal obligation (and perhaps kicking the family out of the hospital)

    Even in extreme circumstances where a mid-surgery decision has to be made for the victim, the HUSBAND is the party legally allowed to make the decision, not some crazed family members who will sooner denounce their religion before choosing to die, if it was them who needed blood.

    Idiots. I would sue the kidneys off that imbecilic moronic excrement bucket called a doctor.

    • Shao

      January 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Debo you are right. Consent before every procedure. If you have failed to take a proper patient social and medical history, during consent pre procedure you are most likely to find out the patients take on transfusion. It is at that point that she/he tells you “i do not want to be transfused.” Now if this is missed then it is the doctors fault.
      Now with this lady we dont really know what happened so we cant throw stones at the doctor yet.

      Our hippocrates oat is to save life, if a patient is admitted in an acute distress and unable to make proper clinical decisions then the doctor is responsible for all decision making regardless of patient’s religious or cultural background and only in the context that there was no advanced directive stipulating “do not transfuse or do not resuscitate” whatever the case maybe. We dont at this point go according to what family members want (imagine the said family members want said patient dead). We make acute decisions benefitial to the patient and THE PATIENT ALONE. No business with relatives. Now if the relatives want they can take this to court in the case that the patient still has some time. But with no advanced directives from a patient, doctors can not go according to relatives belief because “what if the patient was able to decide there is that small chance that she would have wanted to live instead of die.”

    • Roomandparlor

      January 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Nope! It is whoever has power of attorney that decides. As a doctor, you have absolutely no legal right, except the State/or court gives you the authority, to override the person to whom the patience has given the power of attorney to act on their behalf in case they are unable to.

    • Shao

      January 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      @ Roomandparlor that’s why i said in my comment that “and only in the context that there was no advanced directive stipulating “do not transfuse or do not resuscitate”,” in that quote i also meant power of attorney.

      Now let me give you a clinical situation: A 24 y/o lady was admitted following an MVA from which she acquired multiple lacerations and her haemoglobin has now gone down to 4. She is unconcious and cannot make any decisions of course. Oh by the way she is Jehova’s witness and has no evidence of an advanced directive, a card that says “do not transfuse,” etc. What would you as a doctor do? Please note that this is an acute situation, said lady was previously young and bubbly, was not on a sick bed (where she might have had time to make documentations for a power of attorney) and thus did not have need to make any documentation giving anyone the right to make decisions for her should she become invalid. Said lady did not contemplate being involved in a near fatal accident today. Now someone has to make the decision for this lady and it DAMN WELL is not the family member.

      Please note that most people dont walk around with “power of attorney already done just in case i fall and break a leg yipppppyyy.” Do you have a power of attorney as we speak? my guess is NO.
      The topic of doctors being able to take ACUTE decisions in cases where there is no power of attorney present spans wide across all aspects in the hospital. From inserting urinary catheters to immediate life saving surgeries to blood transfusions to CPR. Please study about “good medical practice.”

      If the doctor fails to take the right decision once again in an ACUTE SETTING and where there is no power of attorney, documentations etc, then they could have their silence pulled off them or they could get big law suits from family members should said patient pass away. Then in court the question the opposition would be asking you is, “on what directives were you acting? you did not resuscitate the patient when you should, who told you not to? Did the patient have a power of attorney who advised you against it? Did his/her family member decide for you? And your reply would be A BIG DUMB FACE.

      Yes it is common practice for doctors to involve family members in decisions but all legal papers must be straight before family member’s requests are granted.

    • Debo

      January 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      Shao, I mean, It’s such a simple concept. The doctor was legally required to base his decision on carrying out the transfusion with two question in mind :



      As long as the anwer to the first question is YES and the second NO, the doctor can bloody well proceed. The religious opinions of her idiotic family did not apply.

      And please, dont make me laugh at the “power of attorney ” statement I read earlier . Like that’s just something Nigerians bother to put in place. What fully functional Nigerian adult do you know, that is willing to sign over their life decisions under a power of attorney. Give me a break. Yet, even if that were the case, power of attorney does NOT apply in the above case.

  12. Danny Haszard

    January 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Jehovahs Witnesses DO take blood products now in 2013.
    They take all fractions of blood.This includes hemoglobin, albumin, clotting factors, cryosupernatant and cryo-poor too, and many, many, others.
    If one adds up all the blood fractions the JWs takes, it equals a whole unit of blood. Any, many of these fractions are made from thousands upon thousands of units of donated blood.
    Jehovah’s Witnesses now accept every fraction of blood except the membrane of the red blood cell. JWs now accept blood transfusions.
    The fact that the JW blood issue is so unclear is downright dangerous in the emergency room.
    More than 50,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses dead from Watchtowers deadly arbitrary blood ban,some estimates run as high as 100,000 dead.

  13. Darlene

    January 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Jehovah’s Witnesses *blood transfusion confusion*.
    In 2013 God’s will and scripture has little to do with the Jehovah’s Witnesses position on use of blood products.
    The JW leadership is foremost concerned what will play out in a secular court of law as to the parent Watchtower being held liable for wrongful deaths.
    Most Jehovah’s Witnesses rushed to the ER with massive blood loss will cry NO BLOOD right up to their last breath,The shocker is they can now have most of the blood components that will pull them through,but they are so indoctrinated that blood is forbidden that they can’t comprehend the loopholes.
    The Watchtower has drilled and grilled us that our stand on blood is NON NEGOTIABLE.
    The loopholes that allow blood usage is to save the Watchtower corporation money from blood death liability suits.
    The New York city based Watchtower sect is concerned foremost with liability lawsuits for wrongful death.They know that if they repeal the ban on *whole* blood transfusion,that it will open the door for legal examination of all the thousands who have died since 1945.

  14. Omo

    January 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    It is a well known fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not allow blood transfusion under any circumstances, and everybody should respect that! No one is forced to abide by this, it is an agreement reached by each individual in order not to go against Bible is a thing of the conscience and this is why each member signs a card stating “No Blood” so that in any case of an emergency, the patient’s decision is respected, however a doctor would never force a treatment on a patient either conscious or not without their consent or their familys’

    I believe the husband, Mr. Emmanuel Timothy was a party to the agreement not to allow blood transfusion on his wife as he must have known her stand before now..probably just turning around to point fingers cos she didn’t make it.

    I had a sister who suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia..such carriers are mostly short of blood, and all through her therapy and treatment, blood was never administered and she carried on fine..however there are substitutes for blood that is usually given to patients who refuse to have blood transfusion. By such method most patients have been effectively treated and operated upon.

    Even in most recent times i have come across a lot of people who refuses blood transmission..Jehovah’s Witnesses or not!

  15. Obioha Amanze

    January 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    What was the wife’s decision? People suffer out of ignorance! New red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow in millions and old ones die every day; so in a few weeks all the transfused blood have been removed. We need to stay alive for God.

  16. Dami

    January 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Act. 15 vs 20,29 says that christains shud abstain from blood. Many people still receive blood and die. Also bear in mind that the patient(woman) was well aware of the consequences of her decision. Last week my haemoglobin level droppd to 5..due to extreme bleeding during my doctor told me that if I was not a witness he’d transfuse me..I made dt decision myself..real christains know that obeying Gods. Command is more important than anything God not able to resurrect such ones? Have we lost faith?

    • julit

      January 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      this one don mental

    • peaches

      January 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      plssss get wisdom just like d Bible says pple perish for lack of knowledge #enuf said

    • Monica

      January 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

      God bless you.

      Blindly following something without even praying on it personally nor seeking revelation from God. JW are living in bondage. Plain and simple. The one scripture they have TWISTED to suit their believes does not even concretely prove that God is against blood transfusions. We are living in a dispensation on grace thanks to the precious blodd of Jesus that was shed for us.

      JW is a spiritually dead ‘church’. Have you ever been to one of their meetings?? So dead. No sign of the Holy Spirit at all. they dont even pray collectively. they bearly sing any songs of praise to God. The church is a complete falsehood and is responsible for the deaths of millions of people due to this ridiculous stance agains blood transfusions.

      Beware of false prophets who appear in sheeps clothing….these mild mannered people who go from door to door speading falsehoods and brain washing people… makes my blood boil……let everyone work out their own salvation as the bible says… your bible, pray to God for revelation, fellwoship with other beleives and align yoursleves with those who are genuinely worshipping God in spirit and in truth…..not peddlers of false doctrines and heresies like JW…..

  17. PLUSH & LUSH

    January 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Please o, jut a simple question and I would appreciate a straight to the point answer from a Jehova’s Witness. Where is it written in the Bible not to accept blood transfusions?

  18. Bey

    January 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    All Of these pipu commenting are all jehovah witness…Lmao

  19. Darlene

    January 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    More-Jehovah’s Witnesses blood transfusion confusion

    A SIMPLE fact – the Bible does not prohibit blood transfusions. Bloodless surgeries are great if they can be elective. A third of all trauma deaths are from blood loss. Children of Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) followers die every year worldwide due to the blood transfusion ban. Rank and file Jehovah’s Witnesses are indoctrinated to be scared to death of blood.
    JWs use many parts or ‘fractions’ or components of blood. So if it was ‘sacred’ to God why the hypocritical contradiction/flip-flop? They use blood collections that are donated by Red Cross and others but don’t donate back. That’s more hypocrisy.
    The Watchtower JW leadership promotes and praises bloodless elective surgeries. This is a great ideal indeed, but it’s no good to me if I am bleeding to death from a car crash and lose much of my blood volume and need emergency blood transfusion.

    Remember the Jehovah’s Witnesses use thousands and thousands of pints of blood donated by others. They use 80 per cent of the blood volume as broken down ‘fractions’ then go on Bible thumping rants about how dangerous and sinful blood transfusions are. (JWs do allow organ transplants, which have more risks than whole-blood transfusions. So their arguments of disease transmission through blood are bogus.)
    The Watchtower Society will not allow a Jehovah’s Witness follower to bank their own blood ahead of surgery which is the best, cheapest and safest option. The Watchtower’s rules against blood transfusions will eventually be abolished (very gradually to reduce wrongful death lawsuit liability) even now most of the blood ‘components’ are allowed.

    Estimates range into the tens of thousands of men, women and children who have perished since Jehovah’s Witness blood ban inception year in 1945.
    The creeping adapted creed adhered to by the JW in 2012 is based on legal liability to keep the Watchtower from being sued for wrongful deaths. They do not ‘abstain’ from blood; they use all kinds of blood derivatives (that are donated by organisations like the Red Cross that they don’t support).
    That is nothing but hypocrisy!

    • Grayce

      January 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      u sound like a very ignorant person…perhaps do more research and stop blaming them or whatever this book you’ve written here is on about

    • tybay

      January 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Your so called facts are all lies… Stop spewing forth what you obviously know nothing about…

  20. Roomandparlor

    January 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Yes, this is a tragic situation, and I can completely understand the husband’s pain. But to be clear: Neither a husband nor a family can decide what a grown woman can or cannot do with her body.

    1. If the husband could not prevail on the doctors, it is, perhaps, because the woman made it clear at the onset that she did not want blood. The husband is her next of kin, but if she has expressed clearly that she does not want blood, not even her husband can override that. The power of attorney possessed by the next of kin only kicks in when the patient suddenly finds herself in a condition where there had been no prior decision made on the matter. If the husband could not prevail on the doctors to administer blood transfusion–which he must have tried to do–it is most probably because the doctors felt there were clear legal grounds why they could not give the woman blood.

    2. The man’s accusation that the family PREVENTED the woman from taking blood would make sense only if she gave them the power of attorney, which the woman could easily have done, perhaps, because she always knew that he was not okay with her stand on blood transfusion. Then again, the man could just have been exaggerating, in the classic Naija fashion. It is more likely that the family simply stood by the woman’s decision and encouraged her to maintain her stand against blood transfusion. But that is quite a different matter from “not allowing” her to take blood.

    I just think that if you are writing an article like this, it is only fair on all involved to clearly articulate all the legal stakes in the matter. I am not a Jehovah’s witness, but it just seems overly dramatic to accuse a family of overriding a husband’s wishes to administer blood to an adult with her own full legal rights.

    • brittany

      January 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      I think you are a very sensible’s very good to take a step back, dont take sides and examine the situation thoroughly…the rest are just ignorant ppl..pat yoself on the back for me homie

  21. Nurse Soloman

    January 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Cost of Jehovah’s Witnesses refusing blood could treat 25,000 in Africa!

    Costs incurred by one severely ill Jehovah’s Witness could run one unit in Africa for one year

    Minerva reports that a Jehovah’s Witness survived emergency surgery for a leaking abdominal aneurysm despite having a postoperative haemoglobin concentration of only 30 g/l; he spent14 weeks in hospital.1Those of us who work in rural Africa can only wonder how much it cost in the face of claims of rationing and cost cutting in the NHS. Such a stay must easily have cost a six figure sum.
    Here in Africa for £250 000 a year we can treat 25 000 outpatients and 7000 inpatients, conduct over 1000 deliveries, and perform 1500 operations. We run a community health programme for 500 000 people. The costs incurred by this one patient might run our unit for a whole year. Will the time come when a religious group will be charged the costs of keeping its members alive?Ethically one may feel that one should do everything, what ever the cost; at the end of the financial year, however, elective surgery that could be life improving has to be cancelled.
    The choice is easy here in Uganda. When a child who has severe anaemia from malaria with hookworm infestation and undernutrition comes in the choice is simple: he or she has a transfusion or dies.

    • Kellie

      April 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      what happens to all the millions of dollars sent to your country for that very thing? Place the blame where it belongs, YOUR leaders for stealing the money and goods other countries SEND to yours every year.

  22. Temitope

    January 8, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    I guess they shouldn’t be at the hospital for whatever reason, let their faith heal them in their churches or homes. All wisdom, knowledge comes from God. God heals, Doctors/Nurses cares. May God hv mercy, i’m real angry right now.

  23. tybay

    January 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    For more information on Jehovah’s witnesses stand on blood transfusion, please visit the website. Thank You…

    • Princess

      January 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Simple question – where in the Bible did it expressely say do not give and donate blood. not one man’s interpretation of what he read, in the same Bible that is available to all and you sheeple (sheep + people) are just following. The word of the Lord is free and open to all, you dont need a pastor or someone forming a group and you all follow blindly. That in itself is a sin, as the Lord gave us all free will to think ofr ourselves. He gave us His Word for we to forge our own spiritual path to discover Him, and not commit our lives to some “faith” or some fellowship headed by a mere mortal.
      He judges us on our individual sins, collectively we wont be admitted into heaven, I dont care what church or mosque you go to.
      Number 2 – in the beginning JW NEVER used to receive any blood transfusion in any form that comes from blood products. So, why do you find now that the “law” has changed and you sheeple are allowed to take some blood products. The Word of the Lord is unchangeable and immovable, so if you sheeple say that it is forbidden to give or receive blood, why are you backtracking now, and allowing some blood products. Una don change the Bible too, or it has magically been interpreted again to one mere man (who is no better or higher than you) or a group of people who now say okay, you know what, yes you cant receive blood but you can receive blood products. Any directive that can easily change its tune, is definitely not of the Lord. The blood products you can now receive, where did you think it came from? Via Harry Potter magic from the air. Those products are a composiiton of blood. The same blood you reject. Now you sheeple accept organ trasplants. What was flwoing through that organ in the first place, BLOOD. Why people who have free will, a functioning brain cannot think for themselves, I dont know. You let a group of people sitting in the Watchtower headquarters dictate your lives, while your husbands, brothers, sisters, wives are dying. Do you know how many young children are growing up without their father or mother now because of this no blood transfusion. how is that fair, how is that right, how can that be from the Lord?

  24. Brendz

    January 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    God bless @ juliet!

  25. Gosh!

    January 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    So many Witnesses on Bella Naija,that’s quite commendable.

  26. Princess

    January 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm
    Inconsistent – The Watchtower states God’s standard is that blood must not be stored, yet allows Jehovah’s Witnesses to use blood fractions derived from stored blood
    Double Standard – Jehovah’s Witnesses use significant quantities of medical products derived from blood, but are forbidden from donating blood
    1. If it is wrong for a Witness to donate blood, who do the blood fractions they use come from?

    2. If blood must be poured on the ground, where are the blood fractions they use derived from?

    3. If abstaining from blood does not allow taking a “major” fraction, why does it allow a fraction of a fraction?

    4. If blood fractions were always acceptable to Jehovah, who is responsible for the Witnesses that needlessly died refusing them, due to Watchtower policy forbidding them prior to the year 2000?
    JW – Please answer these questions. Why is some part of blood acceptable now, and it wasnt acceptable before year 2000. So those that died before 2000 died for nothing.
    Just as the Watchtower revoked its ruling that organ transplants are wrong in the 1980’s, over the last few years it has made significant changes to the acceptable use of blood.
    A faith that keeps changing its mind at the expense of people dying cannot be from the Lord

  27. tybay

    January 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Bella Naija, your heading for this story is quite misleading and will gave many a biased view regarding this issue. Moreover, it will interest many to know that the Witnesses are not brainwashed. They make informed choices from their Bible trained conscience. Please, people should should respect their views and stop being malicious about their beliefs. The witnesses respect others’ beliefs and do not go about saying negative things about them…

    • Auntie

      January 8, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Answer princess’s questions please, because that comment just said everything i wanted to say. JW’s don’t donate blood, yet they can receive fractions of blood products. How selfish is that?Where did the fractions of blood they can receive come from. If you must know, it takes a whole lot of blood to extract those useful fractions. In fact, read about how much blood it takes to extract a useful dose of immunoglobulin used for immunoglobulin therapy, which is acceptable for JW’s to be transfused with. Gallons and gallons of blood donated from people. Yet JW’s will not donate blood, but they can receive blood products extracted from people who donate. They can also receive organ transplants. Selfish, selfish stupid people. If your law is from the bible, why does it keep changing. So some people just sit down in New York and formulate policies and you guys just follow like mumu. First it was no blood of any form, now it is blood components. Where did the components come from na, no be from stored blood, or you can find components in the soil or in the ocean. Iranu jati jati. I have no problem with people’s beliefs as long as it doesn’t contradict itself, as long as it doest keep changing and wavering, and especially when it doesn’t cause people to die unnecessarily. The people who died before 2000 (when JW’s now said you can receive blood products), they just died like fowls.

    • Candid

      January 9, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      It’s irrational to insult the JW’s whom you know nothing about. We are all entitled to our beliefs and please learn to respect that. The JW’s are honest responsible citizens, dutiful at their duties and do not cause anyone any problem. Do not read a book by its cover

    • Just Concerned!!

      June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      oh yes you do! You call us apostates, dont you? Is that a respectful way of talking about other religions?

  28. nich

    January 8, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    They do not believe in hell fire……funny……..i believe in nigerian led churches…….not an american church led by a group of people who believe what is crazy…………

  29. vanessa

    January 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    the husband has no right what so ever to sue the late wifes family except she changed from the jehovahs witness to a regular pentecostal church which i doubt because j.wits dont marry outsiders.Everyone knows the principle of the no blood policy that j.wits have so marrying her he signed up for it.secondly i do not understand y the husband had to take permission from his inlaws to sign a consent form what was he expecting to hear from them.pls let sleeping dogs lie he has to move on.they are ok with her death so he should be ok with it too

  30. mfon

    January 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Unfortunately, spouses find themselves in this situation when they are not legally the next of kin. A doctor in a situation like this will not respect your common law (or otherwise out of court) marriage. You’ll need a legal marriage document to override your spouse’s family.

  31. Idak

    January 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I’ll never agree with Jehovah Witnesses as i find their belief inconsistent with mine. However, i respect there choice and struggle to see why it is so difficult for others to do same. Issues of faith can never be logically explained. Wait until you see folks like Faith Tabernacle who do not even accept any form of medication whatsoever. No contraceptive, no dealings with doctors whatsoever,etc.
    Jehovah Witnesses are free to do as they choose as long as no member of theirs is being coerced and they are not enforcing it on non members of theirs. Insulting them or their beliefs is slightly childish and disrespectful.

  32. merry xmas BN readers

    January 8, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    I always enjoyed reading their book..they have immeasurable knowledge…I read and follow what I want…I’m indifference anyway…….we will all day someday,to each his own

  33. Soum

    January 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Hmmmmm….a family friend almost lost her child because of this doctrine.Thank God she was wise to run away with her baby n treated him in another hospital far away from her husband n his family members.Today he one of the smartest kid alive, and bubbly.
    Just wondering if the mother allowed the child to die…….

  34. belle

    January 8, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    D choice 2 take blood fractions is a personal decision. Iffd conscience of d individual allows it den its left 2 dat 1 n Jehovah. As for d case of taking blood in its whole form d bible very clearly says we shud abstain from it as seen in acts 15:29

  35. omowunmi

    January 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Bloodless Surgery Gains Momentum
    In late 1996 a hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A., joined 56 others across the country that have “bloodless centers for Jehovah’s Witnesses,” reported The Hartford Courant. “After studying the idea, hospital administrators realized that the wishes of Jehovah’s Witnesses were no longer so different from those of most other patients.” With the aid of drugs and advanced surgical techniques, doctors perform organ transplants and joint replacement as well as open-heart, cancer, and other surgeries—all without the use of blood. In addition, many health-care professionals now openly acknowledge the dangers of receiving a blood transfusion. Dr. David Crombie, Jr., chief of surgery at Hartford Hospital, candidly admits: “I was raised in medicine at a time when blood was thought of as a tonic. Now it’s thought to be a poison.” The Bible consistently forbids taking blood into the body.—Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:14; Acts 15:28, 29; 21:25.

    Dr. Richard Nalick, of the University of Southern California School of Medicine, said: “There is an ever-increasing population that desires medical and surgical treatment without blood . . . Bloodless medicine and surgery represents a state-of-the-art approach and should not be misunderstood as a less effective ‘alternative therapy.’”

    What Some Doctors Say
    ‘Bloodless surgery is not only for Jehovah’s Witnesses but for all patients. I think that every doctor should be engaged in it.’—Dr. Joachim Boldt, professor of anesthesiology, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
    “While blood transfusions are safer today than in the past, they still pose risks, including immune reactions and contracting hepatitis or sexually transmitted diseases.”—Dr. Terrence J. Sacchi, clinical assistant professor of medicine.

    Progress in the medical field has caused many to consider bloodless medicine. Where will this lead us? Professor Luc Montagnier, discoverer of the AIDS virus, states: “The evolution of our understanding in this field shows that blood transfusions must one day die out.” In the meantime, alternatives to blood are already saving lives.

    “Overuse of medical technology is a major factor in the increase of current health care expenditures. . . . Blood transfusion is of particular importance because of its cost and high risk potential. Accordingly, blood transfusion was classified by the American Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals as ‘high volume, high risk and error prone.’”

    Blood—A Dangerous “Drug”
    “Could it be that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are right in refusing blood transfusions?” asks England’s Sunday Telegraph. Current transfusion scares involve blood contaminated by hepatitis C and the AIDS virus. “But infection is only one of a number of dangers that have been described in professional journals,” says the Telegraph. “Studies such as the one that estimated the chances of an adverse reaction to a transfusion as high as 20 per cent are little known to the public. Equally unfamiliar are the studies that have found that having a transfusion is the best predictor of making a poor recovery after abdominal or colon operations.” Studies also show that a high percentage of blood transfusions are given unnecessarily and that transfusion practices vary widely and are based more on habit than on scientific data. Calling blood “a powerful drug” with which “most surgeons are far too cavalier,” Tom Lennard, consultant surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, commented: “If blood was a new drug it wouldn’t receive a product licence.”

  36. nomnom

    January 8, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I am proud to be a Jehovah Witness. We JW respect other pple views and respect watever choices they make. I really commend her parents for taking their stand against blood transfusion because they have secured it. Everyone is talking about Blood Transfusion forgetting that there are alternatives to blood transfusion, it is called ‘Bloodless Surgery’ which has been in practice since 1960’s. Nigerian doctors are supposed to adopt all forms of medical practice bt reverse is d case. They look for easier means to a problem. If the dooctors came up with an alternative other than blood transfusion i can confidently say that she would not have died.

  37. eva

    January 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I respect JW decision not to take blood transfusion. I personally wont take it unless its my last resort. Just a question if you have blood transfusion does it prevent you from entering paradise or it is a sin that can be forgiven. i really need an answer.

    • Sean

      January 9, 2013 at 3:27 am

      Any sin is a sin. God will determine the consequences. He can forgive most sin, since humans are prone to sin and usually it is minor or unintended. That doesn’t excuse it but it can be expected, as the Bible says we all sin, many times. However, that is very different from a gross, intentional sin or a “practice ” of such. If we knowingly commit a gross sin, that is another matter. Even so, God forgive such a sin IF we are truly repentent. Only he can know what is in our hearts, and what motivated the wrong in the first place (ie: weakness or wichedness). It is good question; obviously is is better to do what is right so we don’t have to worry. Jesus shed his blood for all of us but to benefit from it, we need to be obedient, as he was.

    • tee

      January 9, 2013 at 3:45 am

      To answer your question of whether a Christian would break God’s law just to stay alive a little longer in this system of things or not…….let’s consider what Jesus said at Matthew 16:25 “Whoever wants to save his soul [or, life] will lose it; but whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it.” We do not want to die. But if we tried to save our present life by breaking God’s law, we would be in danger of losing everlasting life. it would be wise on our part then to put our trust in the rightness of God’s law, with full confidence that if we die from any cause, our Life-Giver will remember us in the resurrection and restore to us the precious gift of life.

    • Sean

      January 9, 2013 at 6:11 am

      Any time we break a command from is a sin. God will determine the consequences. He can forgive most sin, since humans are prone to sin and usually it is minor or unintended. That doesn’t excuse it but it can be expected, as the Bible says we all sin, many times. However, that is very different from a gross, intentional sin or a “practice ” of such. If we knowingly commit a gross sin, that is another matter. Even so, God forgive such a sin IF we are truly repentent. Only he can know what is in our hearts, and what motivated the wrong in the first place (ie: weakness or wickedness). It is good question; obviously is is better to do what is right so we don’t have to worry. Jesus shed his blood for all of us but to benefit from it, we need to be obedient, as he was.

    • Monica

      January 9, 2013 at 10:47 am

      God bless you.
      you will find your answer in the Bible. Plain and simple. the only way to heaven is through Christ jesus. Accept as your Lord and saviour and you will be saved. Nothing more nothing less. he calls us to live our lives in accordance with His will and His teaching.

      pray to God for revelation and meditate on His scriptures. Do not look to men for answers about whether or not you will make it inot heaven. And any religion which seems to prescribe what you have to do to make it to heaven (i.e not taking blood transfusions) is a FALSEHOOD.

  38. Sean

    January 9, 2013 at 3:14 am

    This story does not have a ring of truth or at least is poorly reported. It is unusual for Jehovah’s Witnesses to serve on the Police force, since they won’t carry guns. You say that she was a corporal. Perhaps she worked a “desk job” Also where was her husband? The report says that her family prevented her after “loosing so much blood”. Is he not family? Did she not have a say in the matter? You show an Advance Medical Directive” in your article, so she must have made her own decision. And how do you “loose” blood (or tighten it , for that matter)? And none of Jehovah’s Witnesses would be so insensitive (and grammatically incorrect) as to use the words, “over our dead body?” It almost sounds like a planted story, as fake as the many fake names that appear in the comments. They are all the same person, who prey on vulnerable individuals who are ready to believe any negative report and feed the rumour mill. In any case it is either irresponsible reporting or a complete fabrication (fabric, with a lot of holes in it).

  39. brandigest

    January 9, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Confused… who gives consent here, the husband or the wife’s family?

  40. Tomisin

    January 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    It is interesting and frankly a little disturbing to see how different religious sects interpret the bible. Centuries ago when the bible was complied, blood transfusion was an unimaginable thing. How could the bible have referred to blood transfusions when nobody even had an idea it could even be done at the time. I find it difficult to believe that Jesus would be adverse to people taking measures to save themselves. I have read the scripture that was quoted to justify this and I find no connection. It is very important to evaluate things yourself and not blindly follow the religious dogmas set out by someone else. Brainwashed people do not know they are being brainwashed. Leaving your children without a parent, your parents without a child because you managed to find a scripture that seemingly forbids a wonderful lifesaving scientific invention is not what God had in mind.

    • Dr. Donald

      January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Philosophy is what caused the geniuses of the day to spread the idea that the earth was flat. The bible clearly spoke of the circle of the earth which anyone who actually read the bible would discern. Do not accept the ideas of others so readily. Do some research if you really want to speak intelligently on any subject and stay humble. Isa. 40:22 kj

  41. sefi-ann

    January 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

    why dont you go to the website that was provided? you should find answers to your questions there.

  42. chybuZ

    January 9, 2013 at 7:27 am

    This witness people are jst mad people..i hate seeing them..

    • mae

      February 7, 2013 at 8:33 am

      before saying that, ask them if they love seeing you. lol. haha. XD

  43. Ada

    January 9, 2013 at 8:11 am

    No matter how much we comment and complain, the Fact is the Lady is dead.
    Religion is a personal thing and countless people have died for their religious belief (apart from the blood issue).
    All I can say is…. May her soul rest in peace.

  44. mma

    January 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Acts 15:20,29. What is the difference btw eating blood. Thru d mouth and taking it intraveniously. It is better to die obeying God’s law than to die violating it . Cos according to Mat: 10: 39 has said it all. For there is sure resurrection for those who obey Jehovah till death. Do u knw a lot of doc do nt accept blood transfusion, but give to patiences cos they understand the implications. Simply put Jehovah our creator and he knws wat is best for us . The bible is our mannual, so if u do not obey it, then u re nt making proper use it then ucan nt run well. The giver of life can supply it back wen we obey him.

  45. yinks

    January 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    She made HER decision NOT too accept blood and that is why she had the card with her. The doctors at the National Hospital know that they dare not transfuse her against her wishes as legal actions could be taken against them.
    Jehovah remembers her for her faithfulness and would bring her back to life where she would never fall sick or die again.

  46. Nat

    January 9, 2013 at 10:30 am

    This is a very touching issue, and I am very very touched by what happened to the lady. I am even all the more grieved by all the individuals here who feel this will be an opportunity for them to vomit their vociferous ideas against Jehovah’s Witnesses for taking their stand for what they believe and stand for. As usual, this press milieu, just like others, fail to present the real picture of what happened, the precedence, the bad medical attention the lady got before, the poor recovery techniques they will always provide, the insistence on money they will always make, the slowness on diagnosis that will always make things worse over time…. and the list goes on. Not taking blood, I strongly believe, was her decision and not that of her family’s in the first place, because her husband did not wake up that morning of the surgery to find out she was a Jehovah’s Witness. Please people, let us be more responsible when posting comments on such sites, especially when it concerns other people’s personal decisions and family matters.

    For those who have genuine doubts about how blood issues affects the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and will honestly like to get more clarifications, please kindly go to the following link and read more:,

    or reply to my comment and I can assist you to get more clarification.

  47. nekwu

    January 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    4 dose of us researching on the number of witnesses who have died cuz of their stand on blood transfusion, why don’t you try researchn on the no of ppl that have died after transfusion and the success of bloodless surgeries and what it involves. Yes the bible may not present express instructions to matters such as these but we have bible principles guidin dem moreova wats the difference between eating blood and injecting it into one’s vein’s? Certainly none. We should also respect other peoples decisions and values tho we may not like them becuz we may percieve loopholes in other peoples beliefs not knowin we have a pit in ours. The woman has made her decision with the hope that God wld ressurect her to enternal life in paradise. Moreover even if she dnt die now, she may die later so please easy with the comments

  48. Dr. Donald

    January 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Every free person should have the right to make their own choices in life. If a doctor wanted to experiment on you should it be up to them without your consent to do so? To give doctors this freedom would be like allowing them to act as your god which would spell disaster. A personal choice is what you have a right to expect and selfishness on the part of any one else should play a role in your decision. Stay true to your beliefs and stop allowing others to think for you as if it is in your best interest when really it suits their motives.

  49. Nkan be

    January 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Please please pls,what is bloodless surgery..we are talking about a life,people are talking about bloodless surgery…Nigeria’s got to review their ethics…if it were to be in the US,the doctor would go ahead to transfuse the woman with the court involved cos you are to save lives…I have watched a pregnant woman die while in my med school in naija all cos of JW-ish believe.Y’all can vent and twist your head on the ground cos of what I wrote.i don’t give a …..,hv said mine..outta here

    • Nat

      January 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      sounds really out of ethics for someone who claims to have attended med school. please take some time to revise your module on patient rights to a treatment rather than just talk n expect to get praised for thinking it happens like in the movies.

  50. mhyde

    January 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    This is for julit…we dont care if you pour us acid the bible verse mattew 24:14 that ask us to go and preach, we must obey it rather than let the fear of man get to us.I was onces accused of stealing a remote control where i went to preach only for me to show him where his remote fell into.He was embarras cus he threaten to sue me for sometin i dint take. Am sure JULIT u live at makoko so i cant blame you.
    @ chybuz u said you hate witnesses,why wont you? its expected for us to be hate because Jesus himself said it that the world will never like us just as he was not liked. Whether you hate us or like us, the Goodnews of Gods kingdom just have to be preached atless you”ve seen us come to your door?? shebi??
    Have had 2 surgeries and i can remember very well that the second one that will have require blood transfusion was done with caution cus even my surgeon said it hat he knew he just have to be careful althru the procedure. Normal 4 hour surgery was done 6 hours cus he has to be sowing the cut immediately in order to conserve blood. Am proud to one of Jehovahs witnesses and will always be.
    A friend had gall bladder surgery, her pcv was low and she was administer blood and she died some days later and am so sure if she was a witness ,you will have concluded if only she allow to be transfuse but she was transfuse. So many Many of God’s approved servants have been willing to face dangers and even death rather than violate Scriptural principles and their integrity to Jehovah.

  51. Cole

    January 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Nkanbe thats an untruth you just stated, I am one of Jehovahs witnesses and I live in the US, no doctor would transfuse blood when you have stated that you find it unacceptable and no court would go against you wishes either, that would be a violation of your rights. Remember every sane adult has the right to make decisions for themselves.

  52. lois

    January 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Jehovah’s Witnesses practice the true religion. That’s all i know. Apostates everywhere, I see una o. Rubbish

  53. yEmi

    January 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Blood transfusion is the same thing as eating blood. Just as a sick person is giving ‘food’ tru drips, blood cam either be eaten or transfused, its the same thing. Jehovah’s Witnesses always obey the principles and laws found in the bible. Respect their decisions and believes .

  54. Agbaya

    January 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Its extremely interesting that despite the comments from JW members, i still cannot figure out the justification for this ‘no blood transfusion’., dont justify ur arguments in a defensive way because you believe people are attacking you.
    I totally agree with Tomisin that said this ‘ Centuries ago when the bible was complied, blood transfusion was an unimaginable thing. How could the bible have referred to blood transfusions when nobody even had an idea it could even be done at the time’
    However, No one is against ur belief.I respect it but dont go about saying the man made some assumptions on this story,what would be his gain,The man is clearly not a member of JW,he probably downplayed the dogma the church upholds until he saw a practical situation.
    I was told that the woman’s next of kin is her 2-year old daughter who is still a minor, How could he have pitched his own opinion successfully.
    From what i see,some comments are blatantly stating that bloodless surgery is always safer than blood transfusions.Are you implying that bloodless surgeries are always an alternative?…Ofcourse not, Rgdless of whether Nigerian doctors keep up to date with medical innovations or what have you, Im also not saying blood transfusion ALWAYS saves lives.
    Its fool hardy to think that the bloodless surgery would be an alternative to transfusion in emergency cases such as childbirth,fatal car accidents because there is no time for that since the bloodless surgery is slow. Read the story,the woman had a miscarriage.
    Anyway, lets do things with understanding…SImple. I hope i understand the rationale behind this some day.

  55. patience

    January 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    @mhyde……beautiful comment!

  56. patience

    January 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    @Cole……lovely! @Nkanbe pls cover ur face with shame.

  57. Duke

    January 16, 2013 at 5:14 am

    When food is eaten by mouth it is digested, it supplies nutrients to the body and it is eliminated. When food is given in liquid form intravenously which is called (Parenteral nutrition)the person receives nutrition to keep them nourished. If blood is drank it will be digested and the rest is eliminated . When blood is transfused intravenously it will not provide nutrition to the body but it will replenish the lost volume of blood. The human body has about 5 to 6 liters of blood. Transfusing blood cannot be considered the same as eating blood because blood will not nourish the body when taken intravenously. You cannot nourish the human body by taking blood intravenously and it is not the same as eating or drinking blood. All of this can be confirmed by a knowledgeable doctor. The watchtower teaches that by taking a blood transfusions the person would be intravenously feeding the body blood , but if you look up the words intravenous feeding you will find that it seems they have misapplied the term somehow or maybe they have decided to redefine words or maybe they would say the term has changed over a period of time(new light). The watchtower has flip flopped to many times on their no blood policy and other doctrines. Feeding or eating satisfies hunger and supplies nutrition to the body and this cannot be accomplished by transfusing blood intravenously. I hate to see innocent people not have all the facts and families suffer.

  58. jm

    February 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

    The Bible directs Christians to ‘abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from fornication.’ (Acts 15:29)

    “He that finds his soul will lose it, and he that loses his soul for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 10:39

  59. Adjarho Lilian

    March 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    How did I miss this?!!! Anyway I know I’m a lastman on this but, Truth is she may have had other complications, or died out of the docs negligence! C’mon, der are xtream surgeries that are performed without blood and the patients come out alive! We have other ways of boosting blood, or minimizing blood loss! Erithropoetrin is even more economical than blood! Docs know dese things some are just lazy to work! Or she may have unluckily fell in the arms of an half baked doc! I had a major ordeal 3 months back and it was bloodless, stayed in the theater for like 3hrs! But it was successful! The doctor used surgicell to minimize blood loss! Even dese days doctors adv against blood transfusion!
    And yes “the family can speak for her in such matters when the husband is not a witness” the family is her next of kin in such matters!

  60. zomgareyouserious

    December 26, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Any parent that will refuse to make decisions that will
    save their children from dieing, need to have their children taken
    away. Plain and simple. God doesn’t want any kid dieing. Those who
    think differently might as well convert themselves to Satanism. You
    JWs are disgusting individuals.

  61. Inform-Ant

    January 15, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Please avail yourselves to :

    It is well known that Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusions and that some have died in obedience to this belief. It is not as well known that Witness members have contributed to the growth of bloodless medicine. Many new procedures and treatments have arisen in the past couple of decades that do not use blood. In this regard, Witnesses have rendered a valuable service to others.

    Still, there seems to be what could almost be termed a Witness “urban legend” that all medical procedures requiring blood can adequately be covered by these bloodless techniques, even in emergency situations. This has even been expressed in Witness publications. For example, the February 22, 1976 Awake! told of one Witness spokesman who responded to a student questioning the ban on blood transfusions during a question and answer period at a presentation made at a Canadian university:

    People often question the refusal of Jehovah’s witnesses to accept blood transfusions. During the questioning, a student raised hypothetical emergency situations in an effort to bypass the Scriptural prohibition mentioned in Acts 15:20, 29.

    Student: “Well, suppose somebody was just coming to the hospital. They’ve got a few seconds to live. The only possible way out is a blood transfusion. Well, what’s your answer to that? I mean, that’s murder if you don’t let them accept that.”

    Witness: “That situation doesn’t exist. Wherever there are cases where a person . . . let’s say comes in off the highway here . . . and there is extreme loss of blood. Every emergency room, in every hospital, has a plasma volume expander which can . . . “

    Student: “Plasma doesn’t replace blood, though.”

    Witness: “The need there is to keep the volume up in the system. It’s not the blood so much that’s needed then, but the volume that must be replaced. These expanders will do it. They are used in emergency situations; they are recommended by Civil Defense organizations when blood is not available. Obviously it works—it has worked on thousands of Jehovah’s witnesses.” (page 15)

    [An audio of this exchange can be heard here at 30:14 minutes. The speaker is identified as Eugene Rosam, who at the time was a Circuit Overseer (a traveling representative of the Watchtower Society) and is now a director of one of the Watchtower Society legal corporations.]

    This overconfidence in alternative treatments is also mentioned in an article by Kerry Louderback-Wood in the Journal of Church and State. She notes that the emphasis given on these new alternative treatments by Watchtower leaders give the wrong impression. Referring to a Watchtower publication on blood, she says:

    It builds a case that other doctors wish all surgeons would become bloodless surgeons, when in fact those doctors recognize the benefits of blood transfusions for those who are in desperate need.

    The situation where blood might be the only thing that will save a life certainly does exist. Despite the heightened concerns for safety with regards to blood management, there is no movement in the medical community to close blood banks. Sadly, however, many Witnesses who face critical care situations in hospital emergency rooms have a false confidence that their refusal to accept blood can be overcome with some form of alternative non-blood treatment. Sometimes it can; sometimes it can’t. While contemporary society recognizes the right of adults to make the choice to refuse potentially life-saving treatment and risk death, most countries take a different view when young children are involved.

    An excellent refutation of the Witnesses’ biblical interpretation on blood by the late Raymond Franz also points out some of the contradictions in the Witness blood policy. Nowadays, Witnesses are permitted to use fractions made from blood but still are not permitted to use “red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets or plasma.” (November 2006 Our Kingdom Ministry) The amount of blood (as long as it has been fractioned from blood) allowed to the conscience of Jehovah’s Witnesses these days by their leaders is a major change from years ago. Witnesses now face a worksheet to note their choices regarding what blood fractions they will accept and what they will not. (One surprising allowance are products made from Hemoglobin such as Hemopure, made from blood from cattle. Additional “blood substitutes” are being prepared, all of which are permissible by the newly adopted “fractions” policy by Witness leaders, and all of them start by using blood–either from cattle or humans–as their base.) This is in stark contrast to the earlier identification cards that Witnesses carried (pictured above) which objected to “blood in any way, shape or form.” However, Witnesses who take the forbidden major components of blood are viewed as having voluntarily resigned from the religion and are shunned.

    Despite the bloodless medicine advances and allowed fractions from blood, there are still times when Witnesses fly foul of doctors and courts. No doubt alternative treatments can be successful in many situations but it’s undeniable that sometimes blood is the only real treatment — especially in cases of extreme hemorrhaging as in this recent case in Britain. In these cases, Witnesses are expected to still refuse blood and risk death.

    Witness leaders make no exception for underage children and lead members to believe that the eternal destiny of their children requires the continued rejection of blood, even if it would be the only thing to prevent death. Witness youths are encouraged by their leaders to resist a court-ordered blood transfusion as if it were rape. Witness youths as young as 10 years old (as in this recent case in Australia) repeat objections to blood that they’ve been taught. A 1994 Awake! article quoted favorably a 12 year old Witness girl with leukemia as testifying that if a court ordered a blood transfusion she:

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