Blood -- How Many Die?

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  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    Blood -- How Many Die?

    When it comes to estimating deaths related to the WTS Blood Doctrine articles such as the following may be valuable.

    The December 2004 (Volume 32, Issue 6) issue of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (1) has a well-written audit article on Jehovah's Witnesses and blood. The article is titled Bloodless Intensive Care: A Case Series and Review of Jehovah's Witnesses in ICU. (2)

    Not surprisingly, the audit presents the following conclusion:

    "This study found a trend towards higher mortality in JW patients compared with the rest of the ICU population. JW patients with Hb of less than 20 g/l are extremely unlikely to survive."

    For details on this audit's methodology and findings I recommend reading the entire article.

    Over a period of almost five years there were 21 JWs admitted to The Alfred Hospital in the State of Victoria, Australia. Of these 21 five died. Of the five that died 3 of the deaths were premature related to anemia or extremely low hemoglobin. These 3 deaths over 5 years represent 14 percent morbidity due to adherence to the WTS' Blood Doctrine. 14 percent!

    If this statistical extrapolation is even close to correct for this 1 hospital then one need not wonder whether thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses have died prematurely due to the WTS' Blood Doctrine given the vast number of major hospitals around the world that are just as likely to admit JWs to their intensive care units. And, not to be missed is the fact that this study does not include ANY deaths occurring in an emergency room prior to admittance to ICU.

    Marvin Shilmer


    1 Published by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists. Full text available online at

    2 Authors: G. MACLAREN M.B., B.S., F.J.F.I.C.M., F.R.A.C.P., Former Senior Registrar at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, and M. ANDERSON M.B., Ch.B., F.A.N.Z.C.A., F.J.F.I.C.M., Staff Specialist at The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.

  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    As a point of clarification, the 14 percent mortality figure is a percentage of ICU admissions, which should not be confused as representing a statistical percentage of all Jehovah's Witnesses or even of the number of Jehovah's Witnesses admitted to a hospital other than ICU admissions.

    Marvin Shilmer

  • AuldSoul

    Thank you, Marvin. For ALL the research that you have done on this issue. It is extremely helpful in understanding the way things really are.


  • avishai

    Here are some blood facts.....

  • LDH


    Hope you are well, I haven't been active on the board but it's nice to see your posts.

    I think just as important as how many die, is how many families have their lives ripped apart when a family member almost dies?

    When I was about 8, my mother was hospitalized for I really don't remember what. The situation was critical. Her blood count was so low, doctors told her she could not and would not survive. The whole hospital was in crisis mode, they just couldn't believe a mother would abandon her three kids to stand on an ideal, and a stupid one at that.

    They spoke to my dad, but you know the hardliner story.

    Us three kids were ushered in to say goodbye, not once but twice. The doctors must have thought seeing her three kids bawling would make her or my dad change their mind. No such luck, she wanted to be one of Jehoober's martyrs really bad!!!!!

    She did not die, but that doesn't mean it wasn't traumatic. I wonder how many others have had that or a similar experience?


    No Martyr Class


  • avishai

    4.5 million are saved each year because of blood in the US, that's 1.5 percent of the poulation.

    Now, 1.5% of the worldwide Jw population at 8 million is 120,000!!!!!

    So let's assume that only TEN PERCENT of those transfusions are "really necessary".

    That's still TWELVE THOUSAND jw's that would die per year without a blood transfusion.

  • avishai


    Yep, you are right, and that also does'nt cover those who are disabled for life due to no blood.

  • GetBusyLiving

    It's madness, something I can't bear to think about without feeling indescribable rage and frustration. All those little kids and family's destroyed. I'd want to kill Fred Franz if he weren't already dead.


  • greendawn

    I suppose on a global scale a few thousand JWs must have died for accepting no blood, over the 50 years or so that the ban has been in effect in that cult.

  • avishai

    Greendawn, it's likely that a few thousand PER YEAR die.

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