A young adult Jehovah's Witness with severe anemia

Nnenna Ukachi, Wynne Morrison, Samantha VanHorn, Revathy Sundaram, John D. Lantos

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Two of the most ethically complex situations in pediatrics are those involving families whose religious beliefs preclude the provision of life-sustaining treatment and those involving young adults who have reached the age of legal majority and who face decisions about lifesustaining treatment. This month's "Ethics Rounds" presents a case in which these 2 complexities overlapped. An 18-year-old Jehovah's Witness with sickle cell disease has life-threatening anemia. She is going into heart failure. Her doctors urgently recommend blood transfusions. The young woman and her family adamantly refuse. Should the doctors let her die? Is there any alternative?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-551
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent patients
  • Age of consent
  • Alternate therapies
  • Blood transfusion
  • Clinical issues
  • Ethical issues
  • Jehovah's Witness
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Sickle cell disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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