Supreme Court rejects blood transfusion case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from the estate of a Michigan woman who died following a kidney transplant after turning down a blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs.

The justices on Monday let stand a state appeals court ruling that said the estate of Gwendolyn Rozier could not sue her doctors for negligence.

Rozier received a kidney from her daughter in a 2007 surgery but doctors later found that her body was rejecting the organ. She refused a blood transfusion, in keeping with the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Rozier’s estate accused the doctors of failing to timely recognize internal bleeding, among other allegations, which would have eliminated the need for a transfusion.

The Michigan appeals court said the transfusion was a necessary medical procedure under the circumstances.

 

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