Young Jehovah's Witness ordered to receive blood transfusion despite beliefs

After being transported to Batroun Hospital suffering traumatic injuries, doctors were baffled after the girl's parents rejected a blood transfusion critical to save their daughter's life.
by Annahar Staff

28 December 2017 | 16:03

Source: by Annahar

  • by Annahar Staff
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  • Last update: 28 December 2017 | 16:03

A picture showing the wreckage of the victim's car (Annahar Photo)

BEIRUT: Farah D., the young girl who was involved in a recent car crash, received a blood transfusion Thursday after the Prosecutor of North Lebanon authorized Batroun Hospital Director Ayoub Moukhtar to perform the procedure despite her family's refusal because it goes against their beliefs as Jehovah Witnesses. 

After being transported to Batroun Hospital on Wednesday suffering traumatic injuries, doctors were baffled after the girl's parents rejected a blood transfusion critical to save their daughter's life. 

This bizarre development forced Moukhtar to contact his district's Prosecutor, who directed him to go ahead with the grueling operation which involved a set of blood transfusions. 

The prosecutor argued the hospital was legally bound to save the girl's life.

"I contacted the prosecutor, who stressed the need to save the girl's life regardless of the parent's religious beliefs, and the hospital duty is to keep the girl alive," he said.

According to Moukhtar, Farah is now recovering from her injuries.

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