Court allows transfusion for religious teen

A 17-year-old Jehovah's Witness has lost his bid to refuse life-saving blood transfusion treatment in what is being seen as a test case for the religion.

The "highly intelligent" teen, who has Hodgkin's lymphoma, appealed a NSW Supreme Court order that staff at the Sydney Children's Hospital should be allowed to give him the treatment.

He is just four months away from his 18th birthday, when he will be able to refuse treatment. He previously told doctors he would rip the IV out of his arm