At least he can breath on his own now. Prayers rising for the family.
The terminally-ill Canadian baby at the center of a right-to-life dispute arrived home in Ontario Thursday morning after spending months receiving treatment from U.S. and London hospitals, Fox News confirms.
Fifteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli, known to the world as “Baby Joseph,” was transported from SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, where he received a tracheotomy last month, the Windsor Star reports. He arrived in Windsor, Ontario, Thursday morning.
The boy suffers from a rare, progressive neurological disease, which, Canadian doctors say, has left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery.
His parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, wanted the boy to undergo the tracheotomy so that he could spend his remaining days at home. London Health Sciences Center refused to perform the procedure, saying it had too many complication risks and would be too invasive, the Windsor Star reports.
Joseph’s parents appealed to the Canadian courts, but the courts sided with the hospital. The boy was then taken by Fr. Frank Pavone and other Priests of Life staff to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, where doctors agreed to treat him and eventually performed his tracheotomy.
The tracheotomy was done to alleviate some of the baby’s discomfort, and now Joseph is able to breathe on his own without mechanical assistance. [...]
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