BETHANY HUGHES de 16 años, vivía en Canadá y se le diagnosticó Leucemia (AML M-1), en febrero de 2002.
Bethany aceptaba tratamientos médicos como ser quimioterapia y otros, pero no deseaba transfusion de sangre. Contra sus deseos y por orden judicial impulsada por su padre, el personal médico a cargo del caso le administró, transfusiones de sangre, entre febrero y junio de 2002.
La posibilidad de sobrevivir era entre un 40 y 50% segun los medicos.
SE LE DIERON MAS DE 80 TRANSFUSIONES, PERO LAMENTABLEMENTE FALLECIO.
Falleció a causa de esa enfermedad en Setiembre de 2002.
Lamentablemente hay personas que hasta hoy circulan versiones deformadas y parciales de los hechos.
Luego el padre intentó demandar, entre otros, al instituto del Cancer de Canadá.
Tuvio que pagar más de 200.000 dólares en gastos judiciales.
Ningún abogado quiso tomar su caso.
La justicia canadiense desdestimó los pedidos del Sr. Hughes considerando que no tenían base.
El Sr. Hughes gastó unos 200.000 dólares en gastos judiciales y ningún abogado estuvo dispuesto a apoyarlo, patrocinarlo.
INFORME DE SEPTIEMBRE 2002:
Title: Bethany Hughes has diedPost by: lilbit on December 31, 2002, 07:21:30 AM
Friday, Sep. 06, 2002
September 6, 2002
Dad of Alberta girl who fought transfusions lashes out at Jehovah's Witnesses
EDMONTON (CP) -- The grieving father of a 17-year-old Jehovah's Witness girl who died of leukemia says he intends to sue the religious group, claiming it destroyed his family and caused his daughter to fight against blood transfusions.
One day after Bethany Hughes died of blood cancer, her father, Lawrence Hughes, called a press conference and lashed out at the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society -- the legal organization that represents the Jehovah's Witness religion -- for what happened to his family. The religious group is opposed to blood transfusions.
A Witness spokesman called the accusations "outrageous," and pointed out that these are words from a grieving father.
Wayne McKee, a Jehovah's Witness elder in Calgary, said the church hasn't been involved in separating the family and isn't responsible for her death.
"Jehovah's Witnesses have been very supportive to the family throughout this situation and we continue to offer comfort and help."
Hughes' lawyer, Bob Calvert, said his client intends to file a worldwide class-action lawsuit against the Jehovah's Witnesses, but nothing has yet been filed.
He added others have expressed interest in joining the suit.
Calvert said he is considering whether to take the case and has been offered a retainer.
"It's complicated," he said. "There's a lot of issues to be resolved."
Hughes had split with the religious group and his family, soon after consenting to blood transfusions treatment for the teen. His wife and daughter moved from the Calgary home last June and Hughes has since filed for divorce, which includes seeking custody of his youngest daughter.
"I'm holding the Watchtower Society responsible," Hughes said outside the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton where Bethany died.
Bethany's lawyer, David Gnam, who was standing to the side as Hughes made the accusations, challenged the father in front of reporters on a number of points.
"I understand that he's a grieving father and he's lashing out, I can understand because maybe I'm lashing out too," Gnam said shortly after the heated exchange.
Hughes contends that since mid-July, when Bethany went to Edmonton for chemotherapy treatment without blood transfusions, he hasn't had access to his daughter.
Gnam agrees that Hughes didn't have a phone number to call Bethany and didn't know where she was staying, but he he said that Bethany had agreed to meet her father.
Hughes contends the visits offered had restrictions and was seeking wider access.
Both Gnam and Hughes agree that Bethany telephoned her father in Calgary once or twice a week.
Gnam said Hughes, instead of blaming the Jehovah's Witnesses, should take some responsibility as a father who introduced his daughter to the faith and taught her many of the church's beliefs.
"He was the one teaching his daughter ...."
Shortly after Bethany was diagnosed in mid-February, she lost a lengthy court battle to stop the blood transfusions. Throughout court proceedings, judges consistently went against the findings of psychiatrists and bioethicists who argued that Bethany was a mature minor. The courts awarded the province temporary custody under Alberta Child Welfare Act.
In its findings, the courts decided that the teen was pressured by her religion to refuse the transfusions and that she didn't have a free, informed will.
Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that the Bible states in Acts 15:28 that blood transfusions are against God's wishes.
Doctors gave Bethany a 40 to 50 per cent chance of beating the cancer with intensive chemotherapy and blood transfusions. But after four months of treatment, cancerous lesions appeared on her back and doctors held out little hope that she would survive.
During her last weeks, Bethany battled her disease on her own terms without blood transfusions, her mother, Arliss, said after her daughter died.
The last time Hughes saw his daughter was mid-July, just before Bethany, her mother and younger sister left for treatment in Edmonton.
He spent three hours in his lawyer's office Thursday exploring legal avenues in a bid to see his dying daughter.
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INFORME DE LA CORTE CANADIENSE (EN IDIOMA INGLES) RELACIONADO CON EL CASO BETHANY HUGHES.
COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH OF ALBERTA, Caligary año 2002
Informe de la corte año 2007
SE LE DIERON MAS DE 80 TRANSFUSIONES, PERO LAMENTABLEMENTE FALLECIO.
INFORME DE PRENSA, MAYO 2009:
" Father cannot introduce new evidence in Bethany Hughes case, court rules
May 25, 2009
CALGARY - Lawrence Hughes will not be able to present new evidence on behalf of his daughter Bethany's estate in the case looking into her death, a provincial court has ruled.
Hughes has been trying to prove his daughter's death was caused partly by conflicting legal or medical advice from lawyers and members of the religious group Watchtower Society, which represents the Jehovah's Witness faith in Canada.
The Alberta Court of Appeal concluded, however - in a written decision released on Monday - that there was no error by the chambers judge who made the original decision to exclude new evidence last year.
Bethany Hughes, who died Sept. 5, 2002, from acute myeloid leukemia, became the centre of a medical and legal battle over whether she should receive blood transfusions.
Following the church's teachings, Bethany refused the blood and became a temporary ward of the province. She died about four months later despite being given 80 transfusions against her will.
In Monday's ruling, the province's top court also dismissed counter claims by the Watchtower Society and its lawyers, David Gnam and Shane Brady, that they be removed from Hughes' wrongful death lawsuit.
The court decision said it found "some evidence of involvement of Brady and Gnam in the medical events after Bethany left the Alberta Children's Hospital," which led to the court's choice to reject the counter claims.
Despite not being able to introduce new evidence, Hughes called the decision "a victory."
"I see this as a win," Hughes said outside court. "The court has accepted throughout that the lawyer-priests, Gnam and Brady, are employees of the Watchtower Society.
"This judgment decided that they have to answer for their actions in preventing Bethany from getting the best medical care. I couldn't prove that the lawyer-priests conflict of interest caused her death, but that doesn't mean there was no conflict of interest."
The scaled-down claim will now go back before a case management judge as it moves toward a trial."
Consulted on 14 February 2011
Consultado en Febrero 2011
FATHER CANNOT INTRODUCE NEW EVIDENCE AT COURT:
JUEZ DICTAMINA QUE PADRE NO PUEDE PRESENTAR MAS PRUEBAS A LA CORTE.
EL CASO SE CIERRA NOVIEMBRE DE 2011.
CONSULTED ON FEBRUARY 2012
Muchos de los tratamientos y quimioterapia envuelven productos tóxicos.
A pesar de las mas de 80 transfusiones murió.