Jehovah’s Witnesses and blood products: Re J – Law & Religion UK

‘In J (Blood Transfusion: Older Child: Jehovah’s Witnesses), Re [2024] EWHC 1034 (Fam), J was a baptised Jehovah’s Witness aged 17 years 7 months who was awaiting abdominal surgery. As a Jehovah’s Witness, he did not consent to the use of blood products in the event of a significant uncontrolled intra-operative or post-operative bleed [1 & 2]. The Applicant, the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, applied to the court for a declaration that it would be lawful and in J’s best interests for him to receive blood products if required in the event of an emergency in the surgery.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th May 2024