Sad situation for the parents.
Child death blamed on religious beliefs
Zimbabwe, The Sunday Mail, Sunday, October 29, 2017
A Jehovah’s Witness lost her baby during childbirth because she and her husband followed church teachings and turned down blood transfusions that could have averted the tragedy.
Getrude Seneri (28) said she experienced labour complications on September 20, 2017 and doctors said blood transfusions were necessary to save both her and her child.
The couple stuck with their religious beliefs resulting in the child dying and her husband, Misheck Bande, stepped in to authorise transfusions for her when he was told that his wife’s life was also on the brink.
Now, the couple have denounced the church for its teachings on blood transfusions.
Opening up to The Sunday Mail Society last week, Seneri and Bande spoke of how they were initially willing to risk their lives for their religious beliefs – but had changed their minds after the loss of their child.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are not alone when it comes to rejecting blood transfusions.
Prince Marezva, an elder of the Johane Masowe Apostolic Sect said they were totally against blood transfusions and organ transplants.
Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers Association president George Kandiero said transfusions were shunned because people feared taking in bad spirits from the donor’s lineage.
Another religious group that does not condone blood transfusions is the Church of Christ, Scientist (aka Christian Science).
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