I posted this on the WT No Blood Expose topic, but thought I would start it under a separate topic, because I am curious to know what experiences others had with the so called "WT hospital liason committee."
While I was still a JW one of my close family members was bleeding and in need of a blood transfusion . Like good little JWs we immediately called the elders in the hall that were in charge of the hospital blood liason committe thing hoping they could help us with the situation. They came all dressed up in their suits, briefcases and bibles in hand, but didn't say a word when it came to anything about the alternative treatments, etc--they had no info to give us at all. At the time the WT had talked about some sort of shots that would increase red blood cells and other alternative treatments, but even at a large university hospital he was eventually transferred to these treatments were not available and we were told these treatments were not widely known or used.. Members of the hospital liason commitee in that area were suppose to meet us there at the hospital and be there during the surgery, but they never arrived (they later made up some excuse that they got their wires crossed somewhere) I never did buy that one--I mean this was a matter of life and death--you would think they could have followed up on us and made sure that all was taken care of. We were hoping that they could help us talk with the doctors and our family about all the alternative treatments that the WT had always written about.
My relative did come close to dying and his recovery was rough, though he did live. Somehow I had expected (from the way I had always read and heard about in the magazines) that the hospital liason committee and the elders were supposed to rush to the rescue of any JWs who were in need of a tranfusion and offer them aid. But this was not the case at all--nobody helped--we were on our totally on our own. It was a few years after that when I totally left the Org, but this is one of the things that got me thinking. The WT didn't at all offer the help we had expected--the whole hospital liason thing seemed like a hoax. I think this may be another component of the deception around the blood issue. The WT always made it sound as if it the hopital laison committee was there and ready to use when any JW needed it, which gave us all a false sense of security around the blood issue. I wonder if others had this same type of experience too (?)