BY SACHI FUJIMORI
Earlier this spring, Karmina Martinez of Phoenix, Ariz., desperately called hospitals around the country, hoping that one would accept her 14-year-old daughter Jesmina, who needed a large, painful ovarian mass removed.
None would admit her. The reason?
Jesmina and her family are Jehovah's Witnesses, a religious group whose members, some 1 million strong in the U.S., cannot accept blood transfusions, and there was a chance that Jesmina, at least according to the family's local hospital, might need a transfusion during surgery.
Karmina kept dialing. Finally she reached Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, specifically its 19-year-old Institute for Patient Blood Management and Bloodless Surgery, which agreed to treat her daughter.
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