Rodney Get His Life Back and Disproves the Misconceptions When Rodney Parrish needed a kidney in 1993, his surgeons faced a special challenge: Rodney’s religious beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness prohibited his acceptance of blood products. Despite the potential for serious problems, his surgeons performed the transplant successfully. To minimize the risk of blood loss, surgeons used erythropoietin hormones to increase Rodney’s blood hematocrits higher than usual, giving him an extra cushion in case he began to bleed. It worked. Rodney’s new kidney has since enabled him to shoot more hoops, travel all over the world for his work, and spend more time with his beloved wife, children and grandchildren. Grateful to his donor and the transplant surgeons, Rodney takes care to eat well, rest and enjoy each day. He knows a healthy body is a precious gift. *provided by LifeGift About donation in the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jehovah has forbidden the use of blood products, even during surgery. They are to “keep abstaining . . .from blood” (Acts 15:29); however, Jehovah’s Witnesses believe organ donation is a matter best left to an individual’s conscience and acceptable if no blood is used. Therefore, before transplantation, all organs and tissue must be completely drained of blood.