But if that number is "lives saved because of blood" and they refuse the blood, doesn't that mean they should be deaths?
The fact that there is this discrepancy demonstrates that the reasoning and use of numbers doesn't fully make sense because the claims contradict themselves.
If I can point to the discrepancy, then anyone else can too. I'm not doing this to try and rubbish the claim, I'm trying to make sure that we don't make wild claims that can't be substantiated.
This started with "JWs are worse and more dangerous than the Jonestown massacre cult!" and if that is being claimed, it needs to be backed up otherwise everything else being claimed becomes questionable as to it's accuracy.
The medical industry will claim "lives saved by a procedure" but that doesn't mean "lives lost without that procedure" which I think is the incorrect assumption you're making.