Jehovah Hubby: I Blame Doctors

The husband of the Jehovah’s Witness mum who died after refusing a blood transfusion because of her beliefs is blaming the hospital where she lost her life.

Anthony Gough, 24, claims medical staff may have been negligent over wife Emma’s death — and legal action could follow.

He has told friends Emma, 22, WOULD have submitted to a transfusion — if it had used her OWN recycled blood.

Anthony claims when staff brought in a blood-cell salvage machine for the procedure they were unsure how to use it.

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It’s alleged medics were frantically looking on the internet for instructions as Emma died.

The Sun told this week how Emma died from blood loss after giving birth to twins at at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

She had signed a form forbidding a transfusion as they are banned by her religion.
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Medics urged husband Anthony to overrule her decision but he said he could not.

Heating engineer Anthony, 24, of Dawley, Shrops, and his family — who are caring for the motherless boy and girl twins — refused to comment last night.

But a friend of the family said: “Anthony and Emma would not permit a stranger’s blood to be used because that would be against their Witness faith.

“It was a question of storing blood coming out of Emma and putting it back into her.

“But Anthony says the staff on duty didn’t know how to operate the machine. He’s angry, frustrated and heartbroken.”

A coroner has opened an inquest into Emma’s death. A spokesman for the Royal Shrewsbury said it had received no complaints about staff conduct, but a full internal inquiry was in progress.

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