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COURT ORDER WILL GIVE INFANT BLOOD TRANSFUSION

Doctors at Crouse Hospital, planning lifesaving surgery for a newborn baby, obtained a court order to give blood to the boy over his parents' religious objections.

State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Murphy last week authorized the hospital to transfuse blood into the baby during the operation and his recovery period.

A hospital spokesman said that, because of patient confidentiality rules, he could not reveal whether the surgery was performed or disclose the baby's condition.

The baby's parents are Jehovah's Witnesses. They objected to blood transfusions because they believe the procedure goes against the teachings of the Bible to not take another person's blood.

The baby, not identified in court papers, was born a week ago with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, according to an affidavit from his pediatrician, Dr. Linda Nicolette.

She described him as suffering from pulmonary hypertension, adding that his condition was life-threatening.

The parents consented to the surgery, not the transfusion, she said.

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