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In re Green

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
292 A.2d 387 (1972)


Ricky Green was 16 years old and had paralytic scoliosis, rendering him unable to stand or walk. A surgery was recommended to fix Ricky’s condition, which would become worse absent surgery. Ricky’s mother (defendant) would not consent to the use of a blood transfusion during the surgery. The mother was a Jehovah’s Witness, and the use of blood transfusions was contrary to her religious beliefs. The state (plaintiff) filed a petition alleging neglect of Ricky asking the court to appoint a guardian who would consent to the surgery unconditionally. The trial court dismissed the petition. The superior court reversed. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granted review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Jones, C.J.)

Dissent (Eagan, J.)

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