Jehovah’s Witness barred from making decisions for comatose wife

8:51am IOWA CITY (AP) — A Jehovah’s Witness who would not permit blood transfusions for his comatose wife has been barred from making her medical decisions.

Tawnya Nissen, 28, of Clinton, who has been in a coma for about two weeks, will be under the guardianship of her father until she can make her own decisions, according to a ruling issued Wednesday by a Johnson County judge.

‘‘It’s like our prayers have been answered,’’ said Richard Reid Sr., Nissen’s grandfather.

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Richard Reid Jr. sought temporary guardianship of his daughter last week after her husband claimed the couple’s religion prohibits the sharing of blood.

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AP, via the Times-Republican, USA
Aug. 17, 2006

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