22-year-old Jehovah's Witness Emma Gough had just given birth to twins when she began to hemorrhage, requiring a blood transfusion to save her. But since her faith wouldn't allow it, she died. Hospital staff, to no avail, begged her family.
"We are coping the best we can. There will be an inquest and issues will arise from that," said her husband. Their congregation said their faith calls them to "follow commands from the scriptures and it is a scriptural command to abstain from blood."
A neighbor said "How could she make that decision not to have a transfusion and leave those babies without a mother? It's terrible, I don't care what your beliefs are, to refuse treatment like that is awful."