Shortly after our daughter's birth, the delivering...

Shortly after our daughter's birth, the delivering doctor came to my husband and me and said that because of the infant's unusual skin color, a blood test had been given her. The test showed a dangerous imbalance in the blood cells, and the doctor said he had called a specialist, who was on the way to the hospital to give the baby a 100 percent blood transfusion in an effort to save her life.

This doctor knew we were Christian Scientists. He said that this drastic step had been taken without our consent because there had been a rash of infant deaths in the area. The city health commissioner had issued orders for all doctors to be alert to a particular condition in babies. Upon detecting this condition, doctors were to follow certain outlined medical procedures. The doctor stated kindly but firmly that the situation was out of our hands—that if we protested, the hospital would ask for a court order to ensure that our baby received the medical treatment they deemed necessary.

February 4, 1985
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