Blood transfusion order for child aged 7 years

The Hospital v T and Anor [2015] QSC 185 saw the court’s exercise of its parens patriae jurisdiction in respect of a child aged 7 years.

The applicant hospital sought authority to administer blood or blood products as may in medical judgment be desirable or necessary,  during a planned liver transplant procedure or during the post-operative period: [10].

The parents followed the Jehovah’s Witness religion and so were opposed to blood transfusion for the child, though indicated that they would obey a court order.

An order was made in the form requested by the hospital. The order was not confined such that the hospital should seek to minimise blood and blood product usage: [25].

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