Bioethics: Jehovah Witness Belief And Patient Autonomy

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Tochukwu Nwigwe
East Los Angeles College
Philosophy 19 Section 5407
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
Summer 2015

Jehovah Witness Belief and Patient Autonomy
Last month I had a severe pain on the right left side of my abdomen that lasted for days because I had presumed that the pain will go away. The failure of my presumption prompted me to rush to Kaiser urgent care to seek medical opinion and verification of what was wrong with me. Based on my primary physician diagnosis, I was advised to go for CAT scan examination. I was not that too pleased with the medical advice because I wanted the doctor to send me to the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions drugs and then go home from there. I asked my doctor if I can decline/defer the CAT can
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(ii) Is the said medical harm imminent and require immediate action to prevent it? (iii) Is the medical solution and intervention that has been decline by the parent necessary to prevent the child from harm/dying? (iv) Has it been proven that the medical intervention that has been refused is efficacious and therefore likely to stop the child from dying? (v) Is there any other viable option that will prevent serious harm to the child in a way that is less intrusive to parental autonomy and more receptive to the parents? (vi) Is the medical intervention the standardized norm to all other similar situations? (vii) Will most people agree that the medical intervention is reasonable?
If the answers to question number five is no and all answer to the rest of the questions is yes, contacting the Department of child service and also overriding/overruling the parents’ objection to blood transfusion to help save the child from dying is the zenith ethical and moral thing to do. Thus, the physician agreeing to the dictates of the parent not have the child receive blood transfusion erred morally, ethically and professionally. Divine command moral or religious view loses its potency when minors are
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The unconscious patient decision not to have blood transfusion as expressed via his bracelet may appear irrational might look irrational, but the physician must be flexible in his beneficence to accept and respect the terminally ill patient decision to decline blood transfusion.
Also Individual’s commitment to the teachings and doctrine of Jehovah Witness vary. Some will change they mind and receive blood transfusion when it dawn on them that the only option left for them live and be with their children and loved ones is to receive the said transfusion, not minding the consequence. Some Jehovah Witness individual will change they mind and receive blood transfusion if the whole procedures will be wrap in absolute confidentiality. And the unconscious patient in the second scenario might be one the individuals who changed their

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