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Application of the President and Directors of Georgetown College, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
331 F.2d 1000 (1964)


Mr. and Mrs. Jones were practicing Jehovah’s Witness, a faith that prohibited injecting blood into the body. Mrs. Jones, 25, was taken to the hospital with a ruptured ulcer. She had lost two-thirds of her blood supply, and if she did not receive a transfusion, would soon die. Mr. Jones did not consent to the procedure, but said that if the court ordered it done, then he did not have to make the decision. The hospital applied to the District Court for permission to administer the blood, which denied the request. The hospital appealed to the court of appeals. When she was asked by a physician whether she would oppose the transfusion if the court allowed it, Mrs. Jones indicated something to the effect “that it would not then be her responsibility.” The court of appeals then signed the order allowing the hospital to administer the blood transfusion.

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