Traditionally, blood transfusions have been considered harmless and the only life-saving medical treatment option for patients undergoing complex medical or surgical procedures. This assumption was challenged by many of the conference speakers.
“In my professional career, I thank Jehovah’s Witnesses. They made a traditional doctor like myself consider the possibility and importance of reducing the use of blood.”
“I don’t think we can make a differentiation on religious grounds. There are even patients that are not Witnesses that don’t want blood transfusion.”