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In a very sad case, a seven-year-old boy from Bulawayo is reported to have lost his leg because his parents are refusing to allow him to have a blood transfusion because of their religious beliefs. According to the Sunday News, the 7-year-old (name withheld for ethical reasons) suffered a cancerous tumour on his left leg which saw him being admitted at United Bulawayo Hospitals. Doctors initially prescribed a blood transfusion as part of his treatment but his parents who are staunch Jehovah’s Witnesses refused the transfusion arguing that it was against their religious beliefs. Sources from the hospital who spoke to Sunday News said, The boy is not producing blood and the wound is not healing. A few weeks ago his leg fell off on its own, as it was rotting and was dry. Right now he is only receiving medicine to assist him to generate blood but it appears to be futile. His parents refused him to undergo a blood transfusion, saying it was against their church doctrine. We are not God and neither do we have the ability to see into the future but the boy doesn’t have much time to live. The minor’s mother is reported to have mounted guard at his bedside to ensure that the hospital does not go against their wishes. UBH clinical director Dr Narcisius Dzvanga confirmed the issue telling the Sunday News, It is their religion and as a hospital, we respect their wishes. The boy is getting injections to help generate blood but his parents are adamant about getting a blood transfusion. As doctors, we cannot determine much on the boy’s life. Update An earlier version of this article erroneously said that the parents are staunch Seventh Day Adventists. We apologise sincerely for this error because the parents are actually members of Jehovah’s Witness. Again, we would like to unreservedly apologise for the earlier error.