Quebec coroner discovered the recent death of two Jehovah’s witnesses resulted from their refusing a blood transfusion after childbirth.
According to Dr. Luc Malouin, the deaths of Mirlande Cadet, age 46, and Éloïse Dupuis, age 26, would have been avoided if they’d had blood transfusions.
However, Jehovah’s Witness doctrine prohibits them due to their belief that both the Old and the New Testament command them to abstain from blood.
Cadet had complications due to a caesarian section. Both she and her husband refused blood transfusions when her vital signs and hemoglobin count dropped. Eventually, Cadet’s parents finally convinced her husband to allow for a blood transfusion on her behalf. Unfortunately, by that point, it was too late.
Dupuis died of multiple organ failure after tremendous blood loss while giving birth. Due to her and her family’s beliefs, she was never given a blood transfusion. Dupius’ aunt blames the church’s elders for her death.