Fox News covered an exclusive story about 14 months old Joseph Maraachli aka Baby Joseph who suffers from a neurological fatal disease. Baby Joseph can’t breathe and swallow on his own. Canadian doctors have declared that the baby is in a vegetative state and there isn’t any chance of recovery. The parents beg to differ but they haveasked for a tracheotomy so they could take Baby Joseph home and that he can die there in peace surrounded by his family. However doctors refused to accept the request citing the risk of pneumonia and other infections. They also have determined that it was cruel to keep Baby Joseph alive. Since there wasn’t any hospital in Canada and the U.S. which wanted to perform that procedure a superior Canadian court has ruled that the breathing tube would be removed on Monday.
But Priests for Life wouldn’t stand for that and somehow managed for the court to allow the Canadian Hospital to discharge him. Baby Joseph was transferred by a medical flight paid by Priest for Life to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo, a non – profit healthcare facility for children in need of medical needs.
Joseph Maracchli older sister died a couple years ago from the same mysterious condition. At this moment Priest for Life making it sound that Baby Joseph has another chance while the parents were at a point to allow the little guy to die peacefully at their home.
While I applaud the organizations (Priest for Life) effort I wondered what has happened to the original requests of the Maracchli’s family which was a tracheotomy. It almost seems that the parents have new hope of some miracles through the hand of the doctor.
Maybe the baby will now die miles away from the country he was born in in a hospital anyway which again contradicts the original requests from the Maraachli’s.
In the end I am appealed that the Canadian Healthcare system and the Canadien Court have overpowered the family requests and ordered for a removal of the breathing tube even so the family was willing to take care of little baby Joseph at home knowing full well that he most likely would die there.
The less Government, HMO’s or insurance agencies are in our business it seems the better it is.
As for me I wish Baby Joseph and the Maraacchli family the best and I hope that the transfer was really what they needed and I thank Priest for Life to save the baby’s life for now.
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