My Wife Died Because Her Jehovah Witness Family Refused Blood Transfusion- Husband

A police corporal assigned to the Wuse Zone 3 Police Division, Abuja, died on Monday at the National Hospital after rejecting blood transfusion.

The husband of the deceased, Emmanuel Timothy, said in an interview, that his wife, Grace, who was a member of the Jehovah Witness, died because her family refused to consent to her having a blood transfusion.

“She lost her pregnancy at seven months, which resulted in a surgery to get the baby out. After the surgery she had complications.

“When she complained of serious stomach ache, we rushed her to the National Hospital where the doctor said her stomach had to be flushed.

“But, before the flushing, they said she needed blood transfusion because she had already lost such much blood.

“However, she did not get the blood transfusion because her religion and family forbid blood transfusion,’’ Mr. Timothy said.

When asked if he would press charges against the parents of his late wife, he said he would.

“I have to press charges because they prevented my wife from receiving blood transfusion.

“Over our dead body. It is better she dies than for her to take another person’s blood,’’ they said to me. Mr. Timothy was at the police station to report the wife’s death.

Source: Premium Times


  1. I’m so sorry for the lost, ur wife and her family must be truely christains who valued the of their God’s law more than their lifes. God is most powerful, he has promise awake those who are sleeping death(john 5:28,29).
    She was faithful to God by obeyed God’s which says we should abstain from blood(act 15:28, 29) since she obeyed the giver of life, she will definately received it back in the paradise of God.

  2. Losing a loved one is a painful experience,sorry Mr Timothy .Your wife’s family did what was right by not violating the sacredness of blood(Acts15:28,29;21:25;Mark8:35) but God will certainly remember her during ressurection(John11:25.
    May God give you the strength to bear this.

  3. Sorry for d loss of wife,my people perish bcos of lack knowledge blood tranfussion is a good medical practice atleast better than abortion

  4. Christians are Commanded to ‘ABSTAIN FROM BLOOD. ’
    Acts 15:28, 29: “The holy spirit and we ourselves [the governing body of the Christian congregation] have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled [or, killed without draining their blood] and from fornication. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!” (There the eating of blood is equated with idolatry and fornication, things that we should not want to engage in.)
    In a hospital, when a patient cannot eat through his mouth, he is fed
    intravenously. Now, would a
    person who never put blood into his mouth but who accepted blood by transfusion really be obeying the command to “keep abstaining from . . . blood”? (Acts 15:29 ) To use a comparison, consider a man who is told by the doctor that he must abstain
    from alcohol. Would he be
    obedient if he quit drinking
    alcohol but had it put directly into his veins?

  5. There are many things that are rather common today and that Jehovah’s Witnesses shun —for example, lying, adultery, stealing, smoking, and the use of blood. Why? Because we govern our lives by God’s Word. Perhaps you recall that God told our first parents, Adam and Eve, that they could eat from every tree in Eden except one. But they disobeyed, ate that forbidden fruit, and lost everything. How unwise! Now, of course, there is no tree with forbidden fruit. But after the Flood of Noah’s day God again set out one prohibition for mankind. This time it involved blood. (Gen. 9:3, 4) So the real question is, Do we have faith in God? If we obey him, we have before us the prospect of eternal life in perfection under his Kingdom. Even if we die, he assures us of a resurrection. -John 5:28,29

  6. Fatwa No : 82197

    Donating blood

    Fatwa Date : Jumaadaa Al-Oula 11, 1421 / 12-8-2000


    Does Islam allow a person to give blood? For example, donating blood at a blood drive.


    Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

    Dear brother, you should know that the medical treatment should be done by permissible things in Islam. It is known that using shed blood is forbidden as mentioned in The Qur’an Allah Says (Interpretation of meaning): {“He has forbidden you only the Maytatah (dead animals),and blood, and the flesh of swine,”}[2:173].
    He also Says: {“Forbidden to you (for food) are: Al-Maytatah (the dead animals – cattle-beast not slaughtered), blood,”}[5:3].
    But if a person is compelled to use the blood of a person, and there is no other way to his treatment, then using it is permissible provided that medical authorities confirm that this is the only way for this treatment. Because Allah Says: after declaring it forbidden {But if one is forced by necessity without will disobedience nor transgressing due limits, then there is no sin on him.}[2:173].
    He also Says: {“while He has explained to you in detail what is forbidden to you, except under compulsion of necessity? And surely many do lead (mankind) astray by their own desires through lack of knowledge. Certainly your Lord knows best the transgressors.”}[6:119].
    Therefore, one can donate his blood if there this does not cause him any harm. It is permissible also to make request from a Muslim or some one else for the purpose of saving the lives of compelled people be they Muslims or non-Muslims who are not in the state of war with Muslims.
    Allah knows best.

  7. This story does not have the ring of truth or at the very least, is poorly reported. It is unusual for
    Jehovah’s Witnesses to serve on the Police force, since they won’t carry guns. Perhaps she worked a “desk job” Also where was her husband? The report says that her” family” prevented her after “loosing so much blood”. Is he not “family”? Did she not have a say in the matter? Her “Advance Medical Directive” would have been proof she made her own decision. And how do you “loose” blood (or tighten it, for that matter)? And none of Jehovah’s Witnesses would be so insensitive (and grammatically incorrect) as to use the words, “over our dead body?” And why no mention of the condition of the baby?
    It raises more questions than it answers. It almost sounds like a planted story, only to prey on vulnerable individuals who are ready to believe any negative report and feed the rumour mill. In any case it is either irresponsible reporting or a complete fabrication (with a lot of holes in it).

  8. The story sound like a cooked one, but even if its not, why don’t Mr. Timothy answer this questions: why didn’t her wife object to the view of her family?, was she not his property, why then must he allow the wife’s family to decide for what is his own? But what ever may be the case the wife kept the sovereignty of her creator down to the earth and am very proud to have her as a fellow witness. She trusted in the promises of Jesus in john 8:28,29.


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