Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse blood transfusion for sextuplets, government intervenes after 2 died

The B.C. government got court orders in the past week to seize three of the surviving sextuplets born in Vancouver earlier in January and ensure they got blood transfusions if necessary. Two of the sextuplets have already died.

The babies were part of the group of of six born at B.C. Women’s Hospital into a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious group that prohibits blood transfusions.

B.C.’s director of child protection sought an order under provincial child-care legislation on Jan. 26 to seize one child for a transfusion.

The government sought an order for a second child the following day, and a third order was sought on Monday.

Two blood transfusions were done, and the babies have been returned to the custody of their parents.

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