Jehovah witness church member sends Hospital to Court for giving her a life-saving blood transfusion.

An Ecuadorian woman, Rosa Edelmira Pindo Mulla, residing in Spain, has taken legal action against the country for administering a blood transfusion during her surgery without her consent, citing “medical paternalism” and discrimination based on her nationality and religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.

In 2017, Pindo Mulla was advised to undergo surgery after several medical examinations. Before the procedure in 2018, she filled out three documents, including an advance directive, a long-term power of attorney, and an informed consent form, explicitly stating her refusal to receive any blood transfusion, even at the risk of her life, due to her religious beliefs.

However, she suffered a life-threatening hemorrhage during surgery and received a blood transfusion against her wishes. Seeking justice, Pindo Mulla filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights in March 2020 after her case was dismissed by a Madrid court and the Spanish Constitutional Court.

The case has garnered attention and controversy due to its complex nature and ethical implications. Some argue that the woman’s rejection of the life-saving treatment goes against the efforts of medical professionals, while others believe that personal wishes should be respected as long as they do not harm others.

Furthermore, the events that unfolded in 2018 are unclear, with discrepancies between Pindo Mulla’s claims and the hospital’s account.

The case is currently under deliberation by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, with a verdict expected in the coming months.

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