Vidiot: Seriously though, this just demonstrates the real reason most JWs toe the transfusion line... they're not overly concerned with what the Bible says about the subject, or even the safety issues.
They're simply too scared of being found out and punished by the Org for maybe treading close to the line.
They don't want to think about it. They just want to do whatever they are told to do so that they get their ticket to paradise.
It doesn't take much thinking, though, to find the glaring discrepancies in the Org's approval of Hemopure and other HBOC's.
One of the procedures that is on the org's banned list is autologous blood transfusions - where the patient pre-donates their own blood for use in planned surgeries. The reason that is given as to why this is unacceptable is that "blood is to be poured on the ground". It is not to be stored.
And one of the procedures that has been acceptable for decades is cardiopulmonary bypass (heart and lung machine) but the WTS/org has been a big deal about how the lines carrying the blood are to be uninterrupted and connected to the patient at all times. Apparently, this is to ensure that the blood isn't stored. That it is a continuous circuit. Why? To adhere to the prohibition against storing blood.
And along comes Hemopure. Animal blood. Collected from herds of donor cows. Drained from dead carcasses, put in containers, cooled, and then processed.
Stored animal blood. Gets the green light.
How much thinking does it take to know that the blood doctrine isn't isn't based on the Bible at all?