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'Bloodless' Lung Transplants Offer Hint At Surgery's Future

'Bloodless' Lung Transplants Offer Hint At Surgery's Future

Published: February 24, 2013

HOUSTON — Last April, after being told that only a transplant could save her from a fatal lung condition, Rebecca S. Tomczak began calling some of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.

She started with Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, just hours from her home near Augusta, Ga. Then she tried Duke and the University of Arkansas and Johns Hopkins. Each advised Ms. Tomczak, then 69, to look somewhere else.

The reason: Ms. Tomczak, who was baptized at age 12 as a Jehovah’s Witness, insisted for religious reasons that her transplant be performed without a blood transfusion. The Witnesses believe that Scripture prohibits the transfusion of blood, even one’s own, at the risk of forfeiting eternal life.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/us/bloodless-lung-transpla...

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Was not "bloodless"

I have helped do breast reduction surgery on JW patients, who did well without any transfusion. Thing is, the use of blood collected in this manner, has been going on for over twenty years!

This behavior, of some religions, is called legalism. Since JW cannot deal with the fact that they are not drinking or eating blood, it should not apply in this situation. Yet, they pick and choose which "laws" they will adhere to. Man-made laws, created above what God is saying, are made by people! I would trust my God more than other "believers". Many sects still believe Jesus turned water into grape juice. That is not how it translates in Greek.

People, who want to know the "truth" according to God should "study to make themselves approved". It is just too easy to take another man's word for it and not study. "Spoon fed" Christians are maintaining an ignorant stance.

You non-believers are free to ignore my rant. I am talking to believers of Christianity, here.