Blood transfusions are ‘not in the Bible’, father tells court

Last month, KwaZulu-Natal MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo and Addington Hospital specialist paediatrician Dr Noxolo Mbadi went to court for an order to allow a five-year-old boy, also suffering with sickle cell anaemia, to receive blood transfusions as and when necessary.

Since then, two more Jehovah’s Witness families were taken to court, where the three matters were joined. The case was adjourned to December 5.

Representing the parents of the five-year-old boy, Andrew Christison on Wednesday told the court that his clients would oppose the order as there was no longer a need for it.

He said that the child was stable and was now treated as an outpatient.

“The situation here is that the applicants approached the court saying that this was an emergency situation and that if the child did not get the blood transfusion, the child would die.”

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