End of Life Law in Australia

Re T (Adult: Refusal of Treatment) [1993] Fam 95

Re T (Adult: Refusal of Treatment) [1993] Fam 95

T did not want to receive blood products as she was a Jehovah’s Witness. She refused blood products following the birth of her child. In conversations about her medical situation, T had assumed that there were other products that would be a satisfactory substitute for blood should a transfusion be necessary. This was not the case, and T needed a blood transfusion to save her life. The court found that the refusal of blood products had been given by T on the basis that alternative treatment was available. The court therefore decided that her refusal of the blood products did not apply to the medical situation that had ultimately arisen.