Blood can be dangerously infectious but since one third of all trauma deaths are from bleeding out, not taking emergency blood is more lethal.
For elective surgeries by all means avoid a transfusion by banking your own blood or building up your own existing immunity with vitamins, etc. The Watchtower society will not allow a JW to bank their own blood. However, JW's use components of blood; so if blood is only 'sacred' to God, why this exception? JWs use blood collections that are donated by Red Cross and others but don't donate back, and that represents more hypocrisy.
The thousands of deaths caused by the Watchtower misinterpretation of the Bible does not go away nor is it justified because of emerging bloodless treatment technology. The Bible says nothing about blood transfusions. The Bible passages most often quoted (kosher law) have to do with diet. This deadly doctrine by the Watchtower leadership needlessly is killing men, woman and children.
Within the Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine on blood there are major inconsistencies. For instance, a Witness cannot except red blood cells but they can accept hemoglobin which constitutes 97% of a red blood cell. They cannot accept a minor blood component like platelets, which constitutes .17% of blood volume, but can accept albumin, which constitutes a larger 2.2% of blood volume.
The Watchtower has approved the use of Hemopure® (bovine hgg - 250/HBOC -201). This is directly in opposition to the Watchtower’s abstaining from blood as taught by them. The followers of the Watchtower are taught one thing and the Watchtower practices another to release it self from responsibility so they publicly state the use of blood is a conscientious matter.
I challenge any of Jehovah’s Witness to show me from the Bible why accepting platelets is a sin against God but taking albumin is acceptable for a Christian. If you cannot show this from the Bible you have to admit that you are not following the Bible but rather the shifting opinion of men, namely the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The deeply controlled followers seek approval from the leadership. They'd rather let a child die than suffer from disapproval, congregational social repercussions, disfellowshipping, and shunning.
Commentary by Danny Haszard, self-proclaimed Watchtower whistleblower