Doctors prevail in dispute over blood transfusion

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan appeals court says doctors can't be held liable for the death of a Detroit-area woman who turned down a blood transfusion based on her religious beliefs.

Gwendolyn Rozier had complications after a kidney transplant at St. John Hospital in 2007. Doctors explained the need for a blood transfusion, but Rozier's husband turned it down because they're Jehovah's Witnesses. The 55-year-old died.

Rozier's estate filed a lawsuit accusing doctors of failing to timely recognize internal bleeding, among other allegations. A Macomb County judge ruled in favor of the doctors, and the appeals court agreed in a decision released Friday.

The court says doctors can't be held liable when a blood transfusion could have saved Rozier's life.

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