Jehovah’s Witness knew she could die when she refused blood transfusions

MONTREAL — The death last year of 27-year-old Éloïse Dupuis following childbirth stirred intense debate in Quebec after it became known that as a Jehovah’s Witness, she and her immediate family refused the blood transfusions that could have saved her life.

But in a report made public Tuesday, Quebec coroner Luc Malouin concluded that Dupuis made the decision freely with full understanding of the consequences.

Malouin wrote that Dupuis advised staff at the birthing centre in Lévis,

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