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Why I rejected blood transfusion for my daughter — Dad

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Emmanuel Onokpise is the father of the rescued child who almost died bear parents belief, being Jehovah Witness, did not allow blood transfusion.

He had discharged the baby, who had jaundice, from the  hospital when the doctor said the only remedy is blood transfusion but fortunately the officials of the Lagos State Government and the Office of the Public Defender came intervened.

The baby who weighed 2.2kg at  birth had reduced to 1.7kg after going through the ordeal.

Reacting to criticism about his refusal to allow blood transfusion because of his Faith as a Jehovah’s Witness, Mr Onokpise said, “I can understand why they hold that view. It is because they do not know how much I love my daughter and all the steps we took to get her proper treatment.

“We exhausted all our finances and were contacting one doctor after another to get the best treatment for her. What we simply wanted was for the medical staff to treat our daughter effectively without the risks associated with a blood transfusion and in a way that leaves us with a good conscience before God, the giver of life.”

The dad revealed that he refused blood transfusion because there are many dangers associated and that Jehovah prohibits it

“I have read of many dangers associated with blood transfusion. I have also read of medical cases where people who were treated by doctors without blood fared better than those who were treated with blood transfusion. Furthermore, Jehovah, the creator, expressly prohibits the ingestion of blood. He made this law both before and during the Christian era.”

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