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11 Jun, 2009 10:06

Child saved from Jehovah’s Witness parents

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has demanded that a four-year-old-girl be saved from almost certain death. The girl’s parents, who are Jehovah's Witnesses, were preventing hospital doctors from treating her.

The Tsarelishvili family claims their religious views stopped them from allowing a vital blood transfusion to their daughter Inna.

Police and doctors, however, were ordered to intervene and have now taken the girl suffering from severe burns back to the hospital where she remains in intensive care.

“In this case, it doesn’t matter how you interpret the law and which religion you follow. I demand the child to be urgently transferred to hospital. The police and prosecutors should act in accordance with the law and never allow the state to find itself in such a helpless situation. In this case, I have no interest in the views of parents,” Mikhail Saakashvili said.

The Georgian president added that a criminal case could be launched against the parents if they refused to cooperate.