What do you do when doctors insist your son will die without a blood transfusion – which violates his religious beliefs and would sever you from your spiritual community?
Art and Liz Still, Jehovah's Witnesses from Liberty, Missouri, turned to The University of Kansas Health System and the region's most experienced nationally verified Level I Trauma Center. When patients reject blood transfusions for religious reasons, the trauma team respects their wishes, performing lifesaving procedures using the latest blood conservation techniques.
In 2010, Luka Still, then 22, suffered massive injuries in a high-speed motorcycle crash. He had severe traumatic brain injuries, countless broken bones and damage to internal organs. Doctors at another area hospital told Luka's parents he would not survive without a blood transfusion – a procedure their religion rejects.
A retired Kansas City Chiefs defensive end, Art thought he could take a crushing blow in stride. But nothing prepared him for the weighty decision before them. Refusing the blood transfusion, the Stills reached out to find alternatives.