Judge postpones decision on Jehovah’s Witness application

A High Court judge has postponed his decision on whether he will allow the Jehovah’s Witness Congregation to be joined to legal proceedings arising out of the case of a woman who was forced to have a blood transfusion as a result of a court order.

Ms K, a Congolese woman, refused to take blood when she suffered a massive haemorrhage after giving birth at the Coombe Hospital in September.

The hospital got an emergency court order and administered the transfusion.

The Jehovah’s Witness Congregation has applied to the court to be attached to the proceedings against Ms K saying the issues were of extraordinary importance as two other members are due to give birth in the Coombe shortly.

Mr Justice Frank Clarke has adjourned the matter until next Wednesday to hear further legal arguments.

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