Doctor says blood transfusion seemed to be safest option for sextuplets

VANCOUVER – A doctor who looked after a set of severely premature sextuplets in British Columbia last year says blood transfusions seemed to be the least dangerous solution to their medical ills.

But the parents, who are Jehovah’s Witness, refused to allow the transfusions on religious grounds and the babies were seized by provincial child welfare authorities.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Theologically, Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult of Christianity. The oppressive organization does not represent historical, Biblical Christianity in any way.

Sociologically, it is a destructive cult whose false teachings frequently result in spiritual and psychological abuse, as well as needless deaths.

In order to be able to support its unbiblical doctrines, the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization has created it’s own version of the Bible. The so-called “New World Translation” is rejected by all Christian denominations.

The parents, who can’t be named to protect their children, now want the B.C. Supreme Court to rule the seizure of the babies was unconstitutional.

Neonatologist Dr. Alfonso Solimano testified Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court that the children’s oxygen supply was compromised and the blood-transfusion decision seemed the least dangerous option.

He said there were other ways to deal with the dropping oxygen levels in the babies’ bodies, but the side effects were much more severe than a blood transfusion.

“It seemed the least potentially dangerous problem,” he said. “These babies were not healthy.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood

“[T]he Jehovah’s Witnesses organization prohibits the use of blood transfusions. Individual Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to die or let their children die, rather than break this command, even though the Scriptures nowhere teach that blood transfusions are wrong.”
Four Dangers of the Jehovah’s Witness Organization

Solimano said the oxygen levels in the babies blood was going down and their heart rates were dropping.

“Every way which the oxygen gets delivered to the tissues was being compromised,” Solimano testified.

Four of the sextuplets survived and just recently celebrated their first birthday.

Dr. Robin Ohls, a neonatologist testifying on behalf of the parents, told the hearing Monday that test results on the children showed blood transfusions weren’t necessary.

Lawyers for the B.C. government argued in earlier hearings that saving the lives of the two boys and two girls superseded the parents’ rights.

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Canadian Press, via CBC News, Canadad
Jan. 23, 2008

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