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Transfusion Confusion

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Topic: Blood Transfusions

Daniel wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

I know that it is strictly forbidden to drink or eat blood, but is it permitted to replace by transfusion preciously lost blood in the event of an accident?

Dear Daniel,

It is definitely permitted to replace lost blood by transfusion; and this does not fall under the prohibition of eating blood. The Torah commands us (Deuteronomy 4:15), "You shall greatly guard your souls." Therefore it is a mitzvah and an obligation to replace lost blood.

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