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Question: Blood substitutes? Are hemoglobin based oxygen carrters blood substitutes and if so can Jehovahs Witnesses accept them?

Answer: Yes. Abstain from blood is very clear. What is not so clear is how far a object needs to be broken down to the point where it no longer qualifies as the original object. Since whole blood is blood Jehovah's witnesses are to abstain from Red Cells, White Cells, Plasma and platetes. Blood broken down is no longer blood so non-whole blood substitutes such as Red Cell fractions (Hemoglobin), White Cell fractions (Interferons and Interleukins), Plasma fractions (Albumin, Globulins, clotting factors), Platelets fractions (wound healing) can be used.


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