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KZN parents taken to court for denying their child medical intervention

29 October 2018 9:05 AM
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Addington Hospital
Sickle cell anaemia
KZN Health Dept is going ahead to save the life of a little boy who's parents are denying him intervention for religious reasons.

The MEC for Health and a medical doctor at Addington Hospital is taking legal action to save the life of a five-year-old boy suffering from sickle cell anaemia.

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo Mec at the KZN Health Department says he took an oath when he became a medical doctor that neither race, sex or religion will bar him from withholding a life-saving intervention for a minor.

It is reported that the little boy's parents are Jehovah's Witnesses and due to their religious convictions, they do not believe in certain medical procedures like blood transfusions, which their son needs.

You sometimes have to distinguish between religion and cult. I would not even imagine you can make such a statement "I'd rather have you die instead of having an intervention because of religious beliefs". I don't know the foundation of that type of religion.

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo Mec at KZN Health department

This story, medically it touches us. Let us be judged by a court of law .. otherwise, we would stop being doctors if we flounder on this oath that we have taken before God.

Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo Mec at KZN Health department

Dhlomo says they will not back down on this case to save the life of this little boy. The matter has been postponed to 5 December, when the parents will present their case to deny medical intervention.

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29 October 2018 9:05 AM
Tags:
Addington Hospital
Sickle cell anaemia

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