January 1, 1989 |
Police arrested three of 15 Jehovah's Witnesses who surrounded the hospital bed of a church member to keep doctors from giving blood transfusions to the woman for complications after childbirth, officials said. Denise Nicoleau and her husband, Herriot, refused the transfusions on religious grounds Friday, and a Brookhaven Memorial Hospital official obtained a court order to administer them. The three arrested, including Herriot Nicoleau, were charged with second-degree criminal trespass.
September 21, 1988 |
Emperor Hirohito, the world's longest-reigning monarch, appeared to be improving today after three blood transfusions, but Japanese officials prepared to have his son take over his ceremonial duties and even to ready plans for the first succession to the throne in 62 years. Hirohito, 87, was given blood Monday night and Tuesday for an intestinal ailment, transfusions that replaced about one-fourth of his blood, officials of the Imperial Household Agency said.
April 28, 1991 |
Each year about 4 million Americans receive blood transfusions, and despite screening for hepatitis, thousands of cases of transfusion-related hepatitis occur. Until recently, blood banks have been unable to prevent the transmission of the disease, because there has been no blood test for the virus that causes it--newly discovered hepatitis C virus. In the past year, however, a test allowing the screening of blood for hepatitis C virus was approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
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June 27, 1996 |
The risk of catching the AIDS virus from a blood transfusion is just 2 in 1 million, according to a new report in the June 27 New England Journal of Medicine. "The safety of the blood supply has dramatically increased over the past decade. While there still is a risk, it is exceedingly small," said epidemiologist George B. Schreiber of Westat Inc., a research company in Rockville, Md., that figured the latest odds.
March 28, 1999 |
The discovery that it is safe--and sometimes better--to cut back on blood transfusions for critically ill patients may have effects far beyond the obvious ones of blood and money. It could open the way for more studies of whether common sense makes medical sense, said Dr. Gordon R. Barnard, chief of critical care service at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Common sense would say that a normal red-cell count is better than a low one, but the work directed by Dr. Paul C.
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February 2, 2012 |
Christina Blouvan-Cervantes had been battling aggressive leukemia when her blood count plummeted and she landed in the emergency room in Fresno. Her doctors told her a blood transfusion was her only hope. But her faith wouldn't allow her to receive one. So she turned to one of the only doctors who could possibly keep her alive: a committed atheist who views her belief system as wholly irrational. Dr. Michael Lill, head of the blood and marrow transplant program at Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, is a last recourse for Jehovah's Witnesses with advanced leukemia.