August 28, 2004
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Ex-Jehovah's Witness sues church

CALGARY, AB, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Canadian man whose daughter died of leukemia after a battle over blood transfusions is suing the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Lawrence Hughes of Calgary left the Witnesses and broke with his wife when his daughter Bethany became sick. He won a court order that resulted in his daughter becoming a temporary ward of the court during treatment with chemotherapy and transfusions.

His suit names his wife, the Witnesses, the Watchtower Society of Canada and doctors at the Cross Cancer Institute. He claims that his wife and the church gave his daughter misleading information and that the institute provided an alternate treatment without proper consent.

Bethany was moved to the Cross Institute after doctors at the Alberta Children's Hospital said she had become too frail to undergo any more chemotherapy. She died not long after her 17th birthday.

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