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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Jehova's Witness And The Section Of The Nigerian Constitution That Overrides Their ''No Blood'' Stance

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DOCTORS YOU CAN TAKE STEP TO TRANSFUSE BLOOD TO A CHILD OR ADMINISTER ANY MEDICATION TO SAVE THE CHILD'S LIFE DESPITE THE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS OF THE PARENTS, WHO MAY OPPOSE SAME.


The Supreme Court in TEGA ESABUNOR & ANOR. VS. DR. TUNDE FAWEYA & 4 ORS (2019) 7 N. W. L. R, PART. 1671, P. 316 @ PP. 340, PARAS. C-G, 344, PARA. C, 347, PARAS. D-E laid this quagmire to rest.


In the aforementioned case, the 2nd Appellant who is a member of JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES CHRISTIAN sect gave birth to little Tega on the 19th April, 1997, at the Chevron Clinic, Lekki Peninsula, Lagos State.


On 11th May, 1997, within a month of his birth, her son fell gravely ill and was taken back to Chevron Clinic. Dr. Tunde Faweya immediately commenced treatment and after administering several medications, the child had poor colour, was convulsing and having difficulty in breathing. Upon proper diagnosis, it was discovered that the child urgently needed BLOOD TRANSFUSION to stay alive.


Surprisingly, the mother and father of the dying child objected to the blood transfusion because their religious belief required them to abstain from blood transfusion.


The Doctor however, did not agree with the parents. He promptly incidented the matter to the Nigeria Police Force on the strength of which the Police filed a Motion ex-parte before the Magistrate Court pursuant to sections 27(1) and 30 of the Children and Young Persons Law, Cap. 25, Laws of Lagos State, 1994, for an order that the Hospital be allowed to do all and anything necessary for the protection of the life and health of the Child and same was granted.


Armed with the Order, the Child was taken away from the parents and the blood transfusion was carried out. After he became well, he was handed over to the parents.


Being irked by the decision of the doctor to carryout the blood transfusion against their wish, the mother filed an action in Court against the doctor, hospital, Commissioner of Police and even the Magistrate that granted the order was made a party. The matter was dismissed both at the High Court and Court of Appeal.


In further dismissing the appeal, the Supreme Court held thus :


"All adult persons have the inalienable right to make any choice they may decide to make and assume the consequences. Accordingly, an adult person who is conscious and in full control of his mental capacity, and is of sound mind has the right to either accept or refuse medical treatment, including blood transfusion. In such case, the hospital has no choice but to respect the person's wishes. However, different considerations apply to a child because a child is incapable of making decisions for himself and the law is duty bound to protect such a child from abuse of his rights even by the child's parents. So, when a competent parent or person in loco parentis refuses medical treatment or blood transfusion for a child on religious grounds, the Court should step in.... These considerations outweigh whatever religious belief the parent of the child may have about any form of medical treatment because the child may grow up to reject his parent's religious beliefs............. "


So many innocent children have lost their lives because of the decisions of their parents hinged on religious beliefs.


Please save the lives of millions of children who are being deprived of medical treatment by their parents on the basis of their religious beliefs, by sharing this post to help enlighten our Doctors and Police.


By M. O Omonade, Esq.

37 comments:

  1. Three gbosa for Dr Tunde for that brave and bold step to save the life of that precious child

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  2. Good move πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    I love this

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    1. May God bless that doctor.
      His children will find help just like this boy. Amen.
      So because of one religious belief someone should commit murder?
      I hate that sect called WITNESS.

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  3. Sounds good and good to go. But
    This is a two edged sword.
    Today it is JWs, tomorrow, which other
    Christians will have their religious rights encroached on? Just a question.🀷🏻‍♀️🀷🏻‍♀️🀷🏻‍♀️

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    1. This is not encroachment. If "it" doesn't sound well in the tummy, then the society would expel it.

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    2. When it comes to life or death of a child, religion has no jurisdiction. Adult can do whatever they like.

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  4. I love the part which says 'the child may grow up to reject his parents' religious beliefs'

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    1. i am a true example cos i rejected the religion when i moved abroad.

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  5. Some of them secretly seek medical remedies but preach against it in public

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  6. My own take...
    Every child should be treated accordingly and where there's need for blood transfusion it should be administered. If on the process the parents don't want it, they should sign that they don't want the child to live. The doctors can later save the child's life and give the child up for adoption.

    Let the children live.

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    1. EXCELLENTLY PUT

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    2. It's not just JW , even members who attend Faith Church do not only refuse blood transfusion, they don't believe in taking drugs. Your food; fruits , vegatables and other classes should be your medication.

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    3. And these people say their normal?
      In my mind they're all serving mammon and not God in heaven.

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  7. I love this new development. I can't fathom how parents will allow their child die out of foolishness and religion grandiosity.
    This will save a lot of lives.

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    1. The most unfortunate twist is that, they now go to hospitals owned by their members.

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  8. I'm in support of this infact they make it into law in Nigeria. JWC are very stubborn people.

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  9. Good Move πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ.. Enough of the nonsense!

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  10. JW are outlawed in Russia because of their weird ways of doing and living.

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    1. Not only Russia, few other countries as well.

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    2. They should be outlawed in every part of the world, they are fanatics and they can kill anyone who doesn't believe in their doctrine.

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  11. One lady in my office lost her sister after child birth cos of blood loss. They refused blood transfusion. The thing pain me ehn. This lady was an epitome of beauty. She was fair and more beautiful than Nengi of bbn. So u can imagine such loss beacause of ignorant religion. She did not have to die. Today her husband is married to another woman. He is not even taking care of that baby cos the baby has been living with wife' sis from birth

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    1. So because she was beautiful it's a loss? And I guess she was beautiful because she was FAIR? Smh...colorist much??? Her death is a loss because she was a wife, mother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend and not because she was beautiful or fair. My own two cents🀷🏾‍♀️

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    2. 16:48, why did the 'fair' pain you so much?

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    3. Anon16:48, you are one of those that guilt fair people to thinking they are fine only because they are fair. You are the colourist. Fair people did not ask to be fair, leave them alone and glory in your dark skin. The poster just likened her to Nengi of BBN to illustrate how beautiful she was and didnt say anything about dark peeps not beautiful but as usual, your dark skin inferiority complex must shine through. People are humans irrespective of their complexion

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    4. so no loss if the person was not beautiful or at least not up to your standard of beauty.

      Indeed it is a loss just because she human.
      And some definition of beauty.. Hmm

      Before we start Black complexion peeps lives matter

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  12. Why did they (parents) take the child back. They should have rejected it.

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  13. My aunt and husband had a terrible accident. They were in coma and were given blood transfusion as dey were in coma. Till tomorrow, we never also told dem that we donated our blood

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    1. Are they JW?
      If yes, don't even mistakenly mention it to them before your names will enter the news

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  14. What about saving unborn children through CS especially when the parents object

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  15. There is protecting your child and then there is utter foolishness. I cannot stand people who impose religious beliefs on children. Like raising a robot who is expected to walk your same path in life.

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    1. Thank God for the doctor who saved the baby's life and every other person who made sure that this sensible law was enforcedπŸ™

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  16. Pls can Jehovas witnesses train their own doctors and open their own clinics so they stop forcing their beliefs on others who believe in blood transfusion?? With all this their no transfusion why have I not seen a single JW clinic dedicated solely to their practices??? U just come and want to make people go against their own beliefs to satisfy urs. It is wrong. Open ur own clinics without blood banks and take ur selves there. Simple!!

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  17. May God bless that Dr that tooled the bold step.

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  18. God bless the hospital and doctors.

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