transfusion confusionA 23-year-old Congolese woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy yesterday at the Coombe Women’s Hospital in Dublin. She began to hemorrhage badly and loss 75-80 percent of her blood. Death was imminent when a brilliant doctor realized that we live in the 21st century. He had the crazy idea of taking blood from another person and putting into her body. Eureka he thought!

Well his joy was short-lived when the woman declined this extraordinary procedure. She claimed that it was against her religious beliefs. Now imagine that just for a second. This women is about to begin a new life with her first child. They have their whole lives ahead of them, but she’s going to die. Sure, a simple procedure can heal her, but faith in her religion is going to ultimately kill her. She puts her beliefs ahead of her own child’s welfare. Unbelievable!

Now the doctors went to get a court order to forcibly give her the transfusion. They won and ended up saving her dumb ass. But this does make one wonder if they had any right to do so. Is the child’s welfare worth disrespecting her mother’s religious beliefs?

My opinion in the matter is very simple. Forget the transfusion, respect her ignorant religious beliefs, and let nature take its course. Hopefully her child will grow up to see the error in his mother’s way and not make the same mistake.

Having kids myself, this woman is the reason why I have such disdain for devout religious beliefs. If you’re going to have faith in anyone or anything… have faith in yourself.

Hmmm, that’s got a nice ring to it. – "Have faith in yourself"

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