Family of Jehovah’s Witness sues Azusa police, CHP

[Original publication date: January 5, 2001]

The family of a Jehovah’s Witness who died after an auto accident last year is suing the Azusa Police Department and California Highway Patrol, claiming officers improperly handled the accident which led to the victim’s death.

Published Thursday, August 5, 1999WO200410000105006AR
By Justino Aguila
Staff Writer

Fullerton-based attorney Evan L. Ginsburg said the family of 55-year-old Jadine Russell, who died March 8, 1998, after a drunken driver hit a car that slammed into her while she stood on the side of a road, is seeking monetary damages they’ve suffered since her death.

According to Ginsburg, the officers involved could have prevented the accident from happening by having better control of traffic.

The victim had been talking to officers from the CHP and the Azusa Police Department after a minor accident took place moments before Cook crashed.

Later, at the hospital, Russell followed her faith as a Jehovah’s Witness and refused a blood transfusion. Continue reading “Family of Jehovah’s Witness sues Azusa police, CHP”

Man Shot Outside Blockbuster Refused Transfusion

[Original Publication Date: November 26, 2004]

Nov 19, 2004 4:55 pm US/Mountain

AURORA, Colo. (News 4) The man shot outside of an Aurora Blockbuster store last weekend died after saying no to a basic lifesaving procedure, News 4 reports.

Aaron Davis
Aaron Davis

Postal worker Aaron Davis, 39, was bleeding badly on Saturday night when he arrived at the hospital but he was coherent. He rejected a blood transfusion at Aurora South Hospital because of his religious beliefs, News 4 reports.

According to a coroner’s investigator, Davis said no to offers of a transfusion because he’s a devout Jehovah’s Witness, and his religious stance prevented him from accepting blood from others.

According to the coroner’s office, there was no other way to save his life than trying to stop the bleeding.

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Jehovah’s Witness Died After Refusing Transfusion

[Original Publication Date: January 20, 2000]

The Guardian – UK – Thursday January 20, 2000
Reported By Helen Carter

A Jehovah’s Witness died after she refused to have a blood transfusion which would have saved her life, because it was against her religious beliefs.

Beverley Matthews, 33, of Stockport, Greater Manchester, was suffering from toxic shock syndrome when she was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with chronic sickness and diarrhoea last November.

She failed to respond to antibiotics and her condition deteriorated rapidly. Hospital consultants told her that she would have a 30% chance of survival if she had a blood transfusion, but she and her family refused. Mrs Matthews died several hours later.

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