11 Aprile 2015
My mum fought to live: Pregnant Jehova’s Witness who died after refusing blood transfusion was protecting her baby
THE family of a devoted mother who died — along with her unborn baby — after she refused a blood transfusion because she was a Jehovah’s Witness insists she fought for her life.
Jenny-Lee, who was seven months pregnant with daughter Aroura, died in August 2009, after she declined chemotherapy for acute leukaemia and a caesarean because it required accepting blood. While the woman’s brother briefly considered seeking a court order to overturn her decision as she battled the cancer at Prince of Wales Hospital, her mother and daughter have defended her choice, saying she was trying to protect her baby.
Jenny’s mother Heather and surviving daughter, 15-year-old Chelsie, said the 28-year-old was too ill by the time she was diagnosed to survive and she feared the impact of chemotherapy on her baby.
“She knew chemo would kill Aroura — she put the baby first each and every time and no matter what happened, she wanted that baby alive,” Heather said.
“We were told she would have six weeks to live — she fought to have the baby. That’s the decision she made — she gave up her life.”
Jenny was diagnosed with a rare form of acute promyeloctic leukaemia on April 8, just 10 days before her death
She had symptoms long before then but her mum said doctors told her daughter it was nothing more than pregnancy coupled with the flu.
Jenny’s brother David described her decision as foolish but blamed the Jehovah’s Witnesses: “The decision she made not receiving blood was a foolish decision but she made this decision believing it was the right thing to do. She was a fool, not a monster. It was not my sister who was sad and selfish, it is this religion and any other teaching this sort of nonsense.”
Chelsie said she was still coming to terms with her mother’s death.
“She was a good Mum,” said Chelsie, pictured left with her mother.
“I turned 10 a month after mum died and I’m only just coming to terms with this, our whole family is still so distressed. I remember being in the hospital room and being told by doctors to enjoy the last days with Mum. There was no chance for her — they told us there was no way she was going to survive.’’
Heather said if her daughter’s GP and local doctors had tested her sooner she would have been able to have lifesaving treatment before her pregnancy.
FONTE: Daily Telegraph
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