Jehovah's Witness who refused treatment at KU Hospital loses liver disease battle
- on October 25, 2012
HILL CITY, Kan. (AP) — A northwest Kansas woman who won her battle to get Kansas to pay for an out-of-state transplant has lost her fight against liver disease.
The Kansas City Star reports 66-year-old Mary Stinemetz of Hill City died Sunday at a Colorado hospital located near her daughter, three years after she learned she needed a new liver.
The Jehovah's Witness refused to undergo a transplant at Kansas University Hospital because she would need a blood transfusion, which went against her religion.
Last year a Kansas appeals court found the state violated her constitutional right to exercise her religious faith by denying Medicaid coverage for a bloodless transplant in Nebraska.
Her condition got worse by the time she got on a transplant list, and she became ineligible for the procedure.