[Case Report] Profound anaemia and acute blindness in a Jehovah’s Witness

A 28-year-old man was admitted to our intensive care unit for profound anaemia associated with multivisceral impairment. He was a Jehovah’s Witness and had been diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia 1 month earlier, with haemoglobin 36 g/L, leucocyte count 2·8 × 109/L, and platelet count 8 × 109/L. Because of his religious beliefs, he repeatedly refused transfusion of blood products and was treated with a combination of erythropoietin, granulocyte growth factors, iron, leucovorin, and ciclosporin. (Source: LANCET) …read more