Refusal of blood transfusions key to deaths of 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses
A Quebec coroner has found that the refusal of blood transfusions played a key role in the deaths of two Jehovah’s Witnesses who died of childbirth complications last year.
Dr. Luc Malouin looked into the deaths of Mirlande Cadet, 46, and Éloïse Dupuis, 26, after they died in separate incidents at hospitals in Montreal and Quebec City.
Blood transfusions are forbidden under Jehovah’s Witness doctrine, which holds that the Old and New Testaments command them to abstain from blood. Quebec law upholds the right of adult Jehovah’s Witnesses to refuse blood as long as their decision is considered “free” and “informed.”