View Full Version : 'Baby Joseph' Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S.

03-14-2011, 08:16 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Maraachli and the equipment keeping him alive, are transported to the U.S......The baby who was hours from being pulled off life support at his Canadian hospital has been rescued by the national director of Priests for Life and taken to the U.S. for treatment.

Thirteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who is currently kept alive by a respirator and was recently denied a transfer to a Michigan hospital to undergo a tracheotomy, arrived in the U.S. early Monday morning with Fr. Frank Pavone and other Priests for Life staff.

"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said in a statement. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."

Maraachli was on his way to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., a non-profit health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care.

The boy suffers from a rare, progressive neurological disease which, Canadian doctors say, has left him in a vegetative state beyond recovery. He has been at the Children’s Hospital in London, Ontario, since the fall.


03-14-2011, 08:40 AM
They were going to send the baby to Children's Hospital of Detroit, because the family doesn't live that far over the border into Canada-London, ONT, is not that long of a drive from Windsor/Detroit.

I'm glad he will get care, though, even if it is further away.