Ladies, no matter what you think of your husbands, be thankful none of them are like Bruce Huff. His wife Candy became unconscious weeks ago and the only thing that would save her was a blood transfusion, something that Jehovah’s Witnesses, like Bruce Huff, forbid.
“I love Candy. I told them to do absolutely anything to save her life except give her blood or blood products,” Bruce Huff said.
Bruce Huff was baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness several decades ago, and although he only sometimes attends church now for health reasons and does not consider himself a member, he still shares the beliefs of the church…
Candy Huff never considered herself a Jehovah’s Witness but shared his beliefs, Bruce Huff said. He said they had talked many times about the blood issue and thinks she would not have wanted transfusions.
There’s a bit of good news to report. The hospital (in Charleston, South Carolina) stepped in and filed a petition in court asking “that someone be appointed to make medical decisions for Candy Huff, alleging Bruce Huff was unable to make decisions in her best interest.”
The court sided with the hospital and Candy is still alive, receiving blood.
Pamela Thompson, an attorney for Clark Memorial Hospital, said Bruce’s religious objections were not the reason for the petition.
“This situation was very, very unique,” Thompson said. “[Religion] was not the substance or basis of the petition.”
Because of privacy laws, Thompson said she could not explain their reasons, but said they had good reason to believe Bruce Huff was not able to make the best decisions for his wife.
Bruce Huff suffers from Parkinson’s disease, but there’s no word that that played a role in the court’s decision. I don’t know why the hospital can’t cite “religious lunacy” as a reason to take control of the situation. It’s one thing to not get a blood transfusion to save your own life. It’s another to deny someone else the chance to live because of your beliefs.
(via The Freethinker)