Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jehovah's Witness Dies After Refusing Blood

England: A schoolboy died after refusing a blood transfusion following a car crash because he was a Jehovah’s Witness.

Joshua McAuley, 15, suffered life-threatening injuries to his legs and abdomen after being pinned against a shop front by an out-of-control car. He survived the crash in Smethwick, West Midlands, and remained conscious, but lost a massive amount of blood and was airlifted to hospital for a transfusion. But Joshua died six hours later, after he refused to consent to the operation because of his faith, church representatives said.

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As a Jehovah’s Witness from a devout family, Joshua followed the belief that blood is sacred and transfusions are prohibited by the Bible. Hospital staff are thought to have begged the teenager to change his mind, but he refused.