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The father of a severely jaundiced 14-day-old premature baby who denied the baby life-saving blood transfusion on medical and religious grounds, on Saturday explained his side of the story.

Mr Emmanuel Onokpise claimed he and his wife were never informed their child was in any danger of death to the baby due to the weight.

The Lagos State Government evacuated the baby via a court order following information from a concerned member of the public informed its Office of the Public Defender that Mr and Mrs Emmanuel Onokpise had, contrary to medical advice, discharged their severely ill baby from hospital after refusing her blood transfusion on religious and medical grounds.

Baby Onokpise, who was born on December 18, 2019, is now in an orphanage home.

According to the government, the baby’s parents, who were on Medical Insurance with a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), “vehemently opposed the blood transfusion” for the baby and took her home, where her condition deteriorated and death was imminent.

Onokpise, who responded to enquiries from The Nation via a statement, said he and his wife loved their child and believed in medical intervention to cure ailments.

He added that being Jehovah’s witnesses, they also had an obligation to obey Jehovah’s commandment to abstain from blood consumption.

Read more: https://thenationonlineng.net/why-we-rejected-blood-transfusion-for-our-baby/

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Irony: In Nigeria, they take babies away because they "believe" them to be in danger because their medical treatment ideas are still in the stone age.....

And on the other side of the world the country that has the facilities and knowledge to save babies are killing fetuses and full term babies because of new abortion laws that allows mothers to decide at last minute before birth if its life will be worth bringing into the world.   Crazy world.

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The parents of a severely jaundiced 14-day-old premature baby, who vehemently opposed blood transfusion for their child on medical and religious grounds, have explained the motive behind their action.

Father of the baby Emmanuel Onokpise, who claimed he and his wife were never informed their child was in any danger of death due to the weight, said they love their child and believed in medical intervention to cure ailments.

He added that being Jehovah’s Witnesses, they also had an obligation to obey Jehovah’s commandment to abstain from blood consumption.

“Jehovah, the creator, expressly prohibits the ingestion of blood. He made this law both before and during the Christian era,” he said

The Lagos State Government took the baby Onokpise from the parents following a court order directing it to do so.

The government waded into the matter when a concerned member of the public informed the Office of the Public Defender that Mr and Mrs Emmanuel Onokpise had, contrary to medical advice, discharged their severely ill baby from hospital after refusing her blood transfusion on religious and medical grounds.

Baby Onokpise, who was born on December 18, 2019, is now in an orphanage home.

According to the government, the baby’s parents, who were on Medical Insurance with a Health Maintenance Organisation (HMO), “vehemently opposed the blood transfusion” for the baby and took her home, where her condition deteriorated and death was imminent.

Onokpise, who

Responding to enquiries from The Nation, Onokpise said in a statement

“The doctors informed us after she was delivered that she had jaundice. She was being treated for it.”

Read more: https://wuzupnigeria.com/parents-reject-blood-transfusion-for-their-baby/

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