Another crackpot sect of the faith Industry uses unsubstantiated guildlines from passages in the Christian bible to deny a dying mother the right to live. Will this bunch of complete idiots be allowed to flaunt the law of self preservation, basic human rights and continue to abide by their wishy washy witch craft beliefs instead of the authorities drawing them into line as we other law abiding citizens are expected to do.
A Jehovah’s witness died shortly after giving birth to twins because her faith prevented her from having a blood transfusion.
Emma Gough, 22, began haemorrhaging but because her beliefs did not allow her to receive blood she slipped into unconsciousness and died.
As she suffered severe blood loss and her life ebbed away, medical staff urged her husband, Anthony, and her parents, all of whom follow the same faith, to overrule her decision and allow a transfusion which could have saved her, but they refused.
She gave birth naturally and all appeared well as she cuddled her baby son and daughter, but she suddenly began to haemorrhage. Her condition was complicated by the fact she was anaemic.
Mrs Gough signed a form prior to giving birth making it clear she should not be given blood in the event of an emergency, which also confirmed she understood the risks of her decision.
But it is understood her family were unhappy with the hospital because they felt Mrs Gough should have been given a Caesarean section but was left to give birth naturally.
Mr Gough, 24, a central heating engineer of West Indian parentige has been left to bring up the children, There will be an inquest and issues will arise from that."
Mrs Gough, who died on October 25th, was cremated at Telford Crematorium on Monday.
She and Mr Gough, who married in Barbados in December 2005, were devout Jehovah’s witnesses, as were their families, and they all worshipped in Telford, attending the Kingdom Hill halls.
Everyone is devastated by what has happened and can’t believe she died after childbirth in this day and age, with all the technology there is.
What makes it even more sad is Emma had time to hold and start to bond with her twins before complications set in.
The couple, who lived in Dawley, Telford, have been together since they were teenagers.
Mrs Gough always dreamed of a Caribbean wedding and Mr Gough organised it as a surprise, the couple marrying in the grounds of the Tamarind Grove Hotel in front of 30 family members and friends.
Jehovah’s witnesses insist that passages from the Bible ban them from taking blood. The collection, storage and transfusion of blood are all forbidden. The basis of the faith is that they follow commands from the scriptures and it is a scriptural command to abstain from blood.
It is one of a number of things contained in the Scriptures about things they can and cannot do. It is, of course, up to the individual to decide how strongly to follow these requirements.
Mrs Gough was being selfish by putting her own beliefs before the needs of her children, Children are always a priority. they are the future.
However, Mrs Gough and her family faced criticism from neighbours of Mr Gough’s parents in the Sutton Hill area of Telford.
One said: 'We were really shocked when we heard. A friend of the family came around and told us what had happened. They said Emma had suffered a haemorrhage after giving birth to the twins naturally and had refused a transfusion. They couldn’t understand why she hadn’t been given a Caesarean."
Another said: "I think it’s disgusting. How could she make that decision not to have a transfusion and leave those babies without a mother? "It’s terrible, I don’t care what your beliefs are, to refuse treatment like that is awful."
Mr Gough’s father, Ian Gough, who runs a window tinting business, said: "We are awaiting a report from the coroner. We don’t wish to comment at this stage."
Mrs Gough’s parents, Jim and Glenda, refused to comment.
A spokesman for the Shrewsbury coroner said that the cause of death was recorded initially as complications of profound anaemia due to haemorrhage and complications of twin delivery. An inquest has been opened and adjourned and investigations are continuing.