Parental objection to child’s blood transfusion

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Inc v M, CN & Ors  [2013] SASC 16 concerned an application seeking authority for the Women’s and Children’s Hospital to administer transfusions of blood and blood products in the course of treating a three year old child with leukaemia.

There was no consent on the part of the parents, who objected on Jehovah’s Witness religious grounds.

The Court was satisfied that the transfusion was in the child’s best interests as to refuse the treatment would be likely to cause the child’s death within weeks. With treatment the survival rate was said to be 85 – 90%. The medical evidence was not disputed by the parents.

Authority was given for administration of the treatment. 


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