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Woman dies after giving birth, family sues

There can be many situations in which a medical error may seem obvious to people in Pennsylvania. A brain tumor that ends up being cancerous but was completely missed on a scan or said to be nothing to worry about may be one such example. However, there can also be cases in which an act of alleged malpractice is not quite as black and white. In one case that started late in 2010, this is exactly the situation.

In addition to the medical actions or decisions, the case focuses on legalities and religious beliefs as well. At the center of the situation is a pregnant mother's wishes to refuse any blood transfusion during or after the birth of her child even if it meant that she would die and her child would grow up without a mother. Evidence used to support the lack of actual medical malpractice by physicians and the hospital include the consent form she signed.

Her family, however, alleges that there is liability on the part of the hospital and the doctors as she may not have needed to die if a blood transfusion was given. After initiating legal action in 2012, the family received a jury ruling in favor of the medical professionals in the case. A recent appeal supported that decision saying that the team was acting at the direction of the patient, a Jehovah's Witness who stated clearly she did not a transfusion and her husband agreed.

When faced with these difficult medical and legal dilemmas, Pennsylvania residents may find it helpful to discuss the issues with an experienced attorney.

Source: PennLive.com, "Family of Jehovah's Witness who died after refusing blood transfusion can't keep suing doctors," July 21, 2017

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