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Korean J Crit Care Med > Volume 25(1); 2010 > Article
Korean Journal of Critical Care Medicine 2010;25(1): 52-55. doi: https://doi.org/10.4266/kjccm.2010.25.1.52
The Care of a Jehovah's Witness with Life-threatening Anemia Refusing Ventilator Care: A Case Report
Ji Hyeon Lee, So Ron Choi, Young Jhoon Chin, Soo Il Lee, Chan Jong Chung, Jong Hwan Lee, Seung Cheol Lee
Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Dong-A University Hospital, Busan, Korea. choisr@dau.ac.kr
Jehovah's Witnesses refuse the transfusion of blood and blood products, even when it can be lifesaving. Their religious conviction against receiving blood can create a difficult clinical dilemma, particularly in the life threatening situations. We report a case of a 42-year-old female Jehovah's Witness patient who had life-threatening anemia after postpartum hemorrhage. Despite severe anemia, she had a good postoperative recovery without complications.
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