Death sparks debate on religion's transfusion ban

Jul 15, 2009 Full story: National Post 100

A teenage Jehovah's Witness who triggered a cross-country court battle when she refused blood transfusions as part of her cancer therapy has died, renewing debate about the religion's blood ban and its impact on children.

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abrother

Milan, MI

#1 Jul 15, 2009
I wonder how dumb can they get? Maybe dumb like AlanF.

I wonder what would they say, IF she had took blood and died. They only targeting her because she was a JW.
Mike

Hagerstown, MD

#2 Jul 15, 2009
It's so sad. Think of all the good she could have done, if the Witnesses had more respect for life than they do for the biblical symbol of life - blood.
eagleeye

Overland Park, KS

#3 Jul 15, 2009
It's sad that the courts got involved and delayed her getting the excellent non-blood treatment that she eventually got. If she had been able to get to the non-blood treatment in Canada without harassment right from the beginning, there might have been a different outcome.

It is commendable that the family is not speaking out against the intrusion by the government, even thought they are certainly being blamed by the media and others.
dee

Williamston, SC

#4 Jul 15, 2009
abrother wrote:
I wonder how dumb can they get? Maybe dumb like AlanF.
I wonder what would they say, IF she had took blood and died. They only targeting her because she was a JW.
They would have said what they have said before for umteem times.Does nothing stick in your head?
There are no guarantees.
If she died after taking a transfusing at least they tried to save a precious life.
As it is she died without it and she got her guarantee of death.
What would you have said if she lived after having a blood transfusion?

Since: Jan 07

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#5 Jul 15, 2009
Mike wrote:
It's so sad. Think of all the good she could have done, if the Witnesses had more respect for life than they do for the biblical symbol of life - blood.
She has an eternal life in paradise earth conditions to do however much good she wants to.
Mike

Hagerstown, MD

#6 Jul 15, 2009
Gareth wrote:
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She has an eternal life in paradise earth conditions to do however much good she wants to.
Unfortunately, she probably doesn't.

Even if she did, it still wouldn't make her needless death right. It still doesn't make viewing a barbaric symbol of life as more important than life itself.

Since: Apr 07

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#7 Jul 15, 2009
Sarah Bahris, may she rest in piece.

Aside from this tragic ending to Sarah’s young life it is unavoidable to think of Watchtower’s role in delaying her treatment.

Canadian doctors never tried to administer a blood transfusion to Sarah. Rather, in view of Sarah’s parents and her own refusal to give permission for blood transfusion under any circumstances, Canadian doctors sought court permission to administer blood if it became necessary to save her life. Then Watchtower got involved and there was delay in treating Sarah.

Eventually Sarah found a clinic in the United States that agreed to accept and treat her illness. The facility is Schneider Children’s Hospital. This hospital has what is termed a “bloodless medicine program.” Watchtower lawyers hailed this since Sarah would be treated the way she wanted. Right? Wrong!

Dr. Michael LaCourt of Schneider Children’s Hospital explained to the public that his hospital agreed to treat Sarah under an agreement that it would avoid a blood transfusion unless it became necessary to save her life. This is the THE EXACT SAME AGREEMENT Canadian doctors asked for, and was rejected by Sarah’s parents, Sarah and Watchtower’s blood doctrine.

So who exactly held up Sarah Bahris’ treatment?

Though Sarah getting treatment at Schneider Children’s Hospital was publicized by Watchtower as what she wanted, it turns out that this hospital’s program would accept her on the same condition doctors in Canada were willing to treat her. Watchtower attorney’s new Schneider Children’s Hospital had the same policy as Canadian doctors requested. Yet these attorneys with Watchtower’s blessing dragged Sarah Bahris’ treatment through the courts, and in the process delayed treatment essential to her survival.

Doctors in Canada were not the cause of delaying her treatment. Watchtower’s blood doctrine and Watchtower’s legal finagling was the cause of delay. Doctors in Canada requested no more of Sarah and her parents than did the hospital she was treated at in New York.

If readers want to get this information first hand they can consult The Globe and Mail of Thursday, May. 05, 2005. Pertinent details are there.

Marvin Shilmer
dell12345

Somers, NY

#8 Jul 15, 2009
The CANCER came back, and it is not having the blood that caused her death. as the news article stated :

"If it returns in a different part of the body, however, the prognosis is grim, said Dr. Moore."

notice GRIM. For her , IT CAME BACK, and normally when you have cancer, and it comes back, some die.
dell12345

Somers, NY

#9 Jul 15, 2009
qt:the death rate has dropped to about 30%-40%, said Dr. Malcolm Moore, head of medical oncology at Toronto's Princess Margaret Hospital.

Ans: SO how about the other people in the 30-40% who DIED even if they had the blood transfusion, what killed them? Blood or CANCER?

Since: Jan 07

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#10 Jul 15, 2009
Mike wrote:
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Unfortunately, she probably doesn't.
Even if she did, it still wouldn't make her needless death right. It still doesn't make viewing a barbaric symbol of life as more important than life itself.
Life itself is the sole province of Jehovah God. Not doctors, governments or your opinion.
dell12345

Somers, NY

#11 Jul 15, 2009
qt:
Aside from this tragic ending to Sarah’s young life it is unavoidable to think of Watchtower’s role in delaying her treatment.

Ans: This girl LIVED without blood transfusion, it was the CANCER that killed her. So how about the Canadian doctors who did not treat her and delayed her treatment instead of treating her the way the DOCTORS in New York have done, so you're blaming them too?
dell12345

Somers, NY

#12 Jul 15, 2009
qt:Dr. Michael LaCourt of Schneider Children’s Hospital explained to the public that his hospital agreed to treat Sarah under an agreement that it would avoid a blood transfusion unless it became necessary to save her life. This is the THE EXACT SAME AGREEMENT Canadian doctors asked for, and was rejected by Sarah’s parents, Sarah and Watchtower’s blood doctrine.

Ans: Stupid Marvin, now you're blaming the parents and the WT, very typical, why do you think this family HAVE TO MOVE TO NEW YORK to get the treatment if the doctors in Canada would even DO THE SAME THING AS THE NY DOCTORS have done. O my.

Since: Apr 07

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#13 Jul 15, 2009
Dell-moron writes:

“The CANCER came back, and it is not having the blood that caused her death.”

Here is the problem you ignore:

“No one can say what would have happened had the teen's health care gone ahead without the interruption of legal proceedings, but the weeks-long dispute and the delay in chemotherapy would mean "you're less likely to get a good outcome," said Dr. Mitchell.(At: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html... )

Marvin Shilmer
dell12345

Somers, NY

#14 Jul 15, 2009
Provincial authorities there later agreed that she could be treated at the Schneider Children's Hospital in New York, which offers chemotherapy without transfusions.

So it is only that HOSPITAL in NY that OFFERS Chemo without transfusion, and that option was not given to her in Canada
dell12345

Somers, NY

#16 Jul 15, 2009
for anti-JWs, will BLOOD TRANSFUSION CURE CANCER? Yes or No.

“$28,000,000 a nice start!”

Since: Jun 07

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#17 Jul 15, 2009
What you see here is a "circling of the wagons."

Positioning for the battle.

We see cult defenders trying to deflect the blame from the non-Christian, satanic cult of the jehovah's witnesses.

Too late, the cult has already admitted that they are responsible for thousands of needless deaths.

Since: May 09

Woodstock, IL

#18 Jul 15, 2009
Hi Gareth,
Gareth wrote:
She has an eternal life in paradise earth conditions to do however much good she wants to.
Garteh, your statement is only true if she was a member of the Anointer Class! For now she only gets a trip into the New Millenium. Only after she works hard in close association with the Anointed Class for the next 1,000 years and passes a final judgement will she get ETERNAL LIFE.

Do you see the mistake in your statement?

Peace,
Bob
dell12345

Somers, NY

#19 Jul 15, 2009
qt:but the weeks-long dispute and the delay in chemotherapy would mean "you're less likely to get a good outcome," said Dr. Mitchell

Ans: That's the point, JWs are not against Chemo, it's just that the Canadian Doctors wouldn;t GIVE IT without blood transfusion, otherwise, this family could just stay in Canada and not MOVE TO NEW YORK
Mike

Hagerstown, MD

#20 Jul 15, 2009
Gareth wrote:
<quoted text>
Life itself is the sole province of Jehovah God. Not doctors, governments or your opinion.
Or the Watchtower Society.

But they have no problem inserting their doctrine in there, robbing children of their lives.
dell12345

Somers, NY

#21 Jul 15, 2009
stupid ANTI_JWs, when this girl was treated in NY her cancer was in remission, then after a few years, THE CANCER CAME BACK. That is TYPICAL OF CANCER, so to blame the parents and the girl or the WT for this, is just absurd

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