The more I here of this then when these the morons call I have to destroy them with
JEHOVAH'S WITNESS DIED AFTER FAMILY REFUSED BLOOD TRANSFUSION
A young Jehovah's Witness died after a roller-blading accident because her family refused to let her have a life-saving blood transfusion, an inquest heard today.
A doctor said he pleaded with her family to allow her a transfusion which would have given her a 90% chance of survival.
Emelie Grootjes, 19, broke both legs after she lost control of her skates going down a hill on July 31. Emelie, a Dutch student, had been on holiday at the Lockley Park caravan park, Hamworthy, Dorset, with her mother, father, brother and sister, all Jehovah's Witnesses.
The inquest at Bournemouth, Dorset, was told she was taken to Poole General Hospital where she died from fat embolism syndrome five days later.
East Dorset coroner Nigel Neville-Jones heard that fat and marrow from her shattered bones had entered her blood system before jamming up around her lungs and finally killing her.
Dr Charles Blakeway, a consultant surgeon, described a complicated two-hour operation designed to bind her legs and stop further fat getting into her bloodstream.
He said: "We would normally give a transfusion straight away. "The transfusion was refused from the outset because she was a Jehovah's Witness. If consent is declined then we are stuck."
The next day he noticed problems with Emelie and her lungs began to deteriorate. She died later in intensive care.
"The refusal of the blood transfusion contributed to her death in my opinion." Dr. Barry Newman, head of the intensive care unit, said: "Somebody as young and fit as her, if she had received all the therapies we could give, then I would have given her chances as 90%.
"When I first met her I was made aware that she was a Jehovah's Witness. Her parents had signed a form saying that she would not take blood or blood products."
Dr. Newman said that he regretted not telling Emelie the first time he met her of the "brutal facts" that her life could depend on the blood and plasma.
Emelie's father Mr. Cornelius Grootjes, from Schogen in Northern Holland, said: "We accept other treatment but not blood or blood products. "I think the situation with blood is not so black or white as it looks. I think the doctors did all they could and I am very happy with all that they did."
Mr. Neville-Jones said that a post mortem examination had given the cause of death as fat embolism syndrome.
He referred to a High Court Judge's ruling saying: "The right of the individual is paramount. She was entitled in her rights to refuse the transplants which were offered to her."
He recorded a verdict that she died as the result of an accident "the consequences of which were contributed by the refusal of blood transfusions on religious grounds".
I am so angry another one left to die