There are products derived from blood which Jehovah's Witnesses may choose to accept. Jehovah’s Witnesses commonly call these 'minor blood fractions'. Just a few potential uses of blood fractions include injections to prevent infection, a buffering ingredient in a medication, or part of a surgical sealant. Many persons would see these uses as rather different from a blood transfusion.
Some have misunderstood 'minor blood fraction' to mean a small quantity of whole blood. As such they have refused to consider minor blood fractions reasoning that they will not accept a blood transfusion whether it is large or small in volume. Further, they cannot understand how it is that any person who will not accept a blood transfusion could even consider accepting a minor blood fraction.
To clarify this, some have used the analogy of a pie to try to express what a minor blood fraction is. In this analogy, a minor blood fraction would not be akin to a small piece of the pie. Rather a minor blood fraction is like a small ingredient that went into the making of the pie.
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