A 20-year-old mother on admission at Mathias Hospital at Yeji in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region is refusing blood transfusion despite being seriously sick.
Her reason, she said is because her pastor had prophesied that she would die if she takes the blood transfusion.
The said prophecy by the pastor is what is causing Joyce Sarpong whose blood level dropped to a low level after delivering a baby girl on Tuesday and doctors are predicting serious complications if she does not allow the transfusion.
As an immediate measure, doctors at the hospital have rather transfused drugs into her system to keep her alive.
Head of Public Health at the hospital, Dorcas Seidu in an interview with Adom News’ Daniel Takyi predicted serious complications for the young mother.
“Her blood level was 8.4 during pregnancy but it dropped to 7.4 indicating danger but she managed to give birth…however, if her blood is not boosted, she could suffer multiple organ failure and even lose her life,” said a worried Dorcas Seidu.
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But her worsening condition seems to only deepen their confidence in their prophetess’ prophecy.
Nurse Seidu revealed that these spiritual convictions have been one of the causes of maternal mortality in the Ahafo Ano North District.
“Between year 2010 and 2015, 50 maternal deaths were recorded. Common causes are spiritual, delay in seeking care, refusal to go to the hospital and refusal of blood transfusions,” she said.
Dorcas Seidu has therefore appealed to family members to intervene in the matter to save their daughter from premature death.
But husband of the woman, Samuel Segu Amoah Jnr maintained that the blood transfusion will rather send his wife to early grave.
He explained that, prior to her delivery, their prophetess; Mavis Odeefo Nyame warned his wife would die if blood is transfused into her body.
“Even if the prophetess tells me to stab myself with a knife, I will do it because she is from God. All her prophesy she gave before my wife’s delivery came to pass life and coloured so I won’t allow the blood transfusion,” he stated.
Mr. Amoah is prepared to bare all the consequences for rejecting the life-saving blood transfusion.
Meanwhile, when Adom News contacted Prophetess Mavis or Odeefo Nyame, she declined to comment as according to her, God had instructed her not to speak.
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