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 11-05-2007, 09:18 PM         #1
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Nov 5 - Jehovah's Witness mom dies after denying blood transfusion after giving birth
 

 
A young mother died hours after giving birth to twins because her faith prohibited a life-saving blood transfusion.

Emma Gough, 22, was able to hold her son and daughter after the natural delivery, but suffered a sudden haemorrhage and lost a great deal of blood.

As a Jehovah's Witness, Mrs Gough had signed a form before the birth insisting that she should not be given blood.

Staff at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital begged her husband Anthony, 24, who is also a Jehovah's Witness, and other relatives to allow the transfusion. But followers believe that blood transfusions are prohibited by the Bible and the family would not sanction the treatment.

Mrs Gough, a shop worker from Dawley, Telford, Shropshire, died early on October 25.

The twins are being cared for by their father, who yesterday led the mourners at his wife's funeral.

Mr Gough said: "We are coping the best we can. There will be an inquest and issues will arise from that."

The couple married on the Caribbean island of Barbados in December 2005 in a ceremony attended by 30 family members and friends.

At the time, Mrs Gough was a secretary working for her husband's gas fitting and plumbing business.

Friends said the Goughs were teenage sweethearts and Emma had been "ecstatic" to learn she was expecting twins.

Their best man, Peter Welch, 24, said Mrs Gough's death had devastated both sides of the family, all Jehovah's Witnesses.

Mr Welch, of Sutton Hill, Telford, said: "We can't believe she died after childbirth in this day and age, with all the technology there is.

"What makes it even more sad is Emma had time to bond with her twins before the complications set in."

Mrs Gough's parents, Glenda and James Delaney, a long- distance lorry driver, were too upset to comment at their Telford home yesterday.

Mr Gough's father, Ian, who runs a car window tinting business, said: "We are awaiting a report from the coroner."

But an elderly neighbour criticised the family for sticking to their beliefs.

She said: "How could she make that decision not to have a transfusion and leave those babies without a mother? It's terrible, I don't care what your beliefs are, to refuse treatment like that is awful."

Another neighbour said: "A friend of the family told us she had suffered a haemorrhage after giving birth to the twins naturally and had refused a transfusion. They couldn't understand why she hadn't been given a Caesarean."

A member of the Kingdom Hall congregation in Madeley, Telford, said: "The basis of the faith is that we follow commands from the scriptures and it is a scriptural command to abstain from blood.

"It is one of a number of things in the scriptures about things you can and cannot do. It is, of course, up to the individual to decide how strongly to follow these requirements. I accept that the faith will receive criticism over this. Some of our beliefs do attract criticism."

He denied that Mrs Gough was being selfish by putting her own beliefs before the needs of her children, adding: "Children are always a priority. We respect life. We seek the best medical attention we can get but the requirement we have is that we do so without receiving blood. It is very sad and there is a lot of support for the family."

Dr Maggie Blott, a consultant obstetrician, said women pregnant with non-identical twins are at increased risk of needing a blood transfusion at birth. She added: "When women give birth, they bleed from the placental bed - the area of the uterus to which the placenta is attached.

"With twins there are two placental beds and so twice the bleeding."

She added that the risk applied regardless of whether the babies were delivered naturally or via Caesarean section. But births carried out by Caesarean increase blood loss - and therefore the need for a transfusion - because there is surgical blood loss on top of the normal bleeding from the placental bed.

Last year only 17 women died in childbirth in Britain.

The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital said it could not make any comment about an individual patient's care and treatment.

The Jehovah's Witness movement, an offshoot of Christianity, was developed by the American preacher Charles Taze Russell in the late 19th century.

Its adherents believe Christ's second coming is imminent, and that soon afterwards the world will be destroyed and 144,000 of the most faithful believers will ascend to heaven.

They consider the Bible to be the word of God - whom they call Jehovah - and interpret many of its scriptures literally.

Witnesses believe three Biblical passages explicitly prevent them from receiving blood transfusions. However the faith's ruling Watchtower Society allows Witnesses to receive organ transplants, as long as the organ is completely drained of blood.

There are 6.5million active Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide, 125,000 of them in Britain. Followers include Michael Jackson and tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.


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174 comments for "Nov 5 - Jehovah's Witness mom dies after denying blood transfusion after giving birth"

 10 years ago '06        #2
King Allister 36 heat pts36
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wtf religion over your life???
 10 years ago '05        #3
O.G. Loc 
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a good portion of my family are JW.....but as long as i can remember, i always thought the blood transfusion rule was fu*king ridiculous. but if thats what you believe more power to you.
 10 years ago '05        #4
MeziaaL 4 heat pts
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stupid.....

r.i.p anyway
 11-05-2007, 09:36 PM         #5
Jerseyelite89  OP
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i guess this is why we all gonna burn...people complain over putting god before technology...damn....
 11-05-2007, 10:29 PM         #6
micwrecka  OP
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jackass.... now ur kids dont have a mom
 11-05-2007, 10:47 PM         #7
Mbrew457  OP
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AND THATS WHY RELIGION IS fu*kING RETARDED sure it saves some people but think of all the genocides, wars, and other problems likes this bull sh*t that could be prevented. people need to realize religion was created along time ago to explain the unexplainable and control the masses that's it...
 10 years ago '07        #8
Grave 3 heat pts
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Believe it or not, some things are worth dying for. All of you who critized, would you die for your beliefs? or would you sell your beliefs out in order to live? If so

RIP
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 cr8ed2bh8ed585 said:
power to her... death before dishonor she would rather die than to live on somethin she didnt believe n. Alot of my mom side of the fam is jw and honestly i wouldnt of taken the blood either.
Thats Just Stupid...

God Does Things For A Reason If Its Something 2 Save Ur Life Thats Different

But Now 2 Kids Are Without A Mother
 10 years ago '04        #10
Floeji 
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So. I bet she'd be pissed if she found out that there wasn't any sort of "heaven" for her.

Should have just gotten the damn transfusion.

You want to hear something ironic? A Jehovah's Witness that was bitten by a vampire. And becomes one.

You can't die, and you have to drink blood. Catch 22?


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 10 years ago '06        #11
Blah 17 heat pts17
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and this is why i slam the door and avoid these clowns when they pass out there flyers, fu*kouttahere
sad for the 2 kids, parents are morons
 10 years ago '06        #12
kpdawg2006 4 heat pts
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 Unkleluc said:
Jehovas witness' are a fu*kin cult
all religions should be considered cults
 11-06-2007, 12:35 AM         #13
goldstarchoice  OP
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My sister used to be a JW then she said that sh*t was fake as hell. Now she is a Christian...which is also fake, but more rational. I'd rather be Christian than JW.
 11-06-2007, 12:38 AM         #14
Krazy K  OP
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Propz to her standing up for her faith.
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 cr8ed2bh8ed585 said:
power to her... death before dishonor she would rather die than to live on somethin she didnt believe n. Alot of my mom side of the fam is jw and honestly i wouldnt of taken the blood either.
the only smart comment made

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UF4Soldier 127 heat pts127
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God Gave Doctors The Ability to Create Blood transfusions to help people live.. Some People R Dumbasses.. I Hope Its Wonderful in Paradise or wherever she goes.. Maybe she will be reincarnated as the families goldfish...
 11-06-2007, 09:09 AM         #17
5ive_9ine  OP
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Acts 15:28, 29; Genesis 9:4
It's just that simple.
 11-06-2007, 09:25 AM         #18
CHRONICLE  OP
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Wow, I know about 100 JW's that died for denying blood.

sh*t was common when I was growing up. But I don't fu*ks with JW or any other religion.

Heres the verse in the bible that speaks of blood...

"Keep abstainng from sacrificed idols and blood..."
Acts 15:29

"...they shoud keep themselves from what is sacrificed to idols as well as from blood..." Acts 21:25

So she was following the bible she believed in. Most other christians would say fu*k it.

I'm not a christian but doesn't it also say "Putting ones life ahead of God's Law is Fatal"? Some dudes are only convenient christians.

All in all, fu*k religion as a whole.
 10 years ago '04        #19
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This whole blood transfusion issue with the Jehovah Witnesses is rather illogical. I'm no atheist but I do believe a lot of stuff in the bible reflects the thinking of man during that time period. Back in those days they were not privilaged to the medical advances that we have in this day and age. A blood tranfusion in that time period would have been considered crazy. But in this day and age its common practice. I can't believe this woman did her kids like this. JW is truly a cult if you ask me.
 11-06-2007, 09:30 AM         #20
currybai  OP
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JW, Christianity are all pagan religions. You are not going to heaven because you refuse a blood transfusion. The kids are going to grow up and ask, where is mommy? Why would a mother, a father do that to their kids? Did the bible mention that?
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