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Court rejects bid by Jehovah’s Witness to refuse blood: ‘His life has been cocooned in that faith’

An Australian teenager Friday lost his court battle to refuse life-saving medical treatment because he is a Jehovah’s Witness, with a court upholding an earlier judgement permitting a blood transfusion. The 17-year-old, who suffers from an aggressive cancer, lost his case against Sydney Children’s Hospital in March in which he…

Russian toddler infected with HIV during blood transfusion

Doctors in Russia accidentally infected a 16-month-old girl with HIV during a blood transfusion, investigators said Monday, opening a criminal probe into the case. The toddler was given blood from an HIV-infected donor at the Number 5 children’s hospital in Saint Petersburg, the city’s Investigative Committee said in a statement.…