Man sues over unwanted transfusion
BRIDGEPORT — A Jehovah’s Witness being treated at St. Vincent’s Medical Center was administered a blood transfusion despite his explicit request not to be given that procedure, which violates his religious beliefs.
Hospital officials admit that Andrew Geyer, 47, of Fairfield Avenue, was given a transfusion last year and apologized.
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However, Geyer is not placated, and filed suit against St. Vincent’s, claiming he fears he may contract a blood-borne illness.
“St. Vincent’s promptly apologized to Mr. Geyer and made immediate improvements to it procedures to prevent this from happening to anyone else,” said Noreen McNicholas, director of marketing for the hospital. “There was a proper medical reason for the transfusion, but we acknowledge the patient should not have received it because of his beliefs. The blood supply is very safe, but we are confident that a patient’s wishes concerning blood transfusions will be honored.”
In the lawsuit Geyer filed in Superior Court, he contends he has suffered extreme emotional and physical trauma as a result of the transfusion. In addition to the transfusion being a violation of his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness, Geyer said he is concerned that he might contract a serious illness as a result of the treatment in the future, the lawsuit states.
“Mr. Geyer was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a foot injury and made the doctors and staff aware that he would not consent to a blood transfusion because it was against his religious beliefs,” said Geyer’s lawyer, Ikechukwu Umeugo of West Haven. “But not only did they ignore his wishes, they gave him the transfusion after he had fallen asleep.”