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Monday, May 09, 2011

Baby Joseph Update

1st of all I want to apologize for not getting to this good news sooner. With Holy Week, Easter & several other things I have been meaning to get to this but didn't until now.

Now for the good news: On Holy Thursday, 21 April 2011, Baby Joseph Maraachli was released from Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri & flown home to Windsor, Ontario on a medical transport flight.

What makes this even better news than expected is that there was no need for him to be taken to a local rehabilitation hospital after his tracheotomy. Dr. Robert Wilmott, Chief of Pediatrics for SSM Cardinal Glennon & Saint Louis University School of Medicine, said it was because Baby Joseph has been breathing so well on his own. “Joseph has been breathing on his own, without the aid of a mechanical ventilator, for more than a week,” Wilmott said. “By providing him with this common palliative procedure, we’ve given Joseph the chance to go home and be with his family after spending so much of his young life in the hospital.”

Shortly after the operation, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life baptized Baby Joseph. Priest for Life & Fr. Pavone played a huge part in enabling Baby Joseph to have a much better & fuller life than the hospital & courts were willing to give him in Canada. If you remember, all they wanted to do is take him off the ventalator & basicly suffocate to death. & the attempts to provide Baby Joseph with a better end for his life were roundly mocked.

Fr. Pavone had to following to say about what the critics said & how things actually turned out: “Our mission to save Baby Joseph and help his family was never based on any prediction of the future, but rather on the value of his life here and now. Our critics, on the other hand, looking into the crystal ball that ‘right to die’ advocates seem to always think they have, claimed our intervention was futile because Joseph would only end up having a machine do his breathing for him.
We don’t have to answer their criticism; Joseph is doing that for us, with every breath he takes. He has gained benefit from his tracheotomy, is breathing on his own, and is going home to live with his parents, who will love and care for him for as much time as God gives them together. Baby Joseph’s victory over the culture of death is especially powerful now, as we prepare for Easter, a time when Christians everywhere celebrate Jesus’ victory over death

Fr. Pavone also commended what he described as "the fine, caring staff at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center for their professional excellence and their faith." He added "Likewise I want to thank the team at Kalitta MedFlight in Michigan, who donated the air ambulance and crew." He also thanked all the others who helped out in the battle to save Baby Joseph.

However much longer Baby Joseph & his family have together, it will be be much better, much richer & much fuller than those Canadian doctors were willing to let him have. He has completely disproven their claims that he was in a permanent vegetative state with no brain stem reflex. Ditto with their claims that the tracheotomy was too risky.



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