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Religious pair's court battle

THE High Court has ordered that a woman member of the Jehovah's Witnesses who is in need of urgent surgical treatment can receive certain blood transfusion products despite an objection from her husband on religious grounds.

The woman (27) was admitted to a Dublin hospital on Monday, the court was told.

She had a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and had lost a significant amount of blood.

The court heard she is now sedated and unable to express her wishes. The hospital says she told doctors, when first admitted to hospital, she was refusing a transfusion of whole blood or red blood cells but would accept platelets or plasma, Eileen Barrington, for the hospital, said.