Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Joseph Rescued From Canadian Hospital!

From LifeSiteNews:

"After weeks of legal battles and searching for a hospital willing to take over his care, Baby Joseph Maraachli was airlifted Sunday night to a children’s hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were joined on the specially-equipped air ambulance by Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of the U.S.-based Priests for Life. The organization paid for the flight, and will foot Joseph’s U.S. medical bills and the cost of his family’s accommodations."

Way to go Father Frank!

Amazingly, the staff of London Health Services Center complained:

"Joseph’s previous hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, which refused to perform the tracheostomy and had sought to remove his ventilator against his parents’ wishes, defended their care of Joseph again in a press release Monday. They insisted he was taken from the hospital 'despite the strongest possible medical advice.'

The hospital complained that their doctors and staff 'were targeted by well-organized social media feeds and directly via email with personal threats, threats to their families, innuendoes and falsehoods.'”

The article also had some very interesting commentary from Dr. Paul Byrne, a fifty-year veteran in the field of neonatology.

Dr. Byrne said that the "... issue shouldn’t be turned into a debate about the American health care system versus the Canadian system. Instead, he said it highlights the need for 'medicine that’s based on the Creator and the specialness of the person.'

“It’s medicine that is in accord with the Hippocratic oath, which very few doctors take any more, versus medicine that is not true medicine, but is actually part of the culture of death,” he explained. “It’s medicine that’s with God versus medicine that’s without God.”

'They make the person be like a machine, like an automobile that has parts,' he said. 'That’s not what the person is. When the automobile gets too much wrong with it, it goes to a junk yard.'
'They decided that baby Joseph was not worthwhile and to do a tracheostomy was futile, and therefore they weren’t going to do it,' he added."

Now thanks be to God, and to the efforts of many people, baby Joseph is in a hospital that will at least cooperate with his parents. Let us pray that he lives, and if it be God's will that he dies, at least it will be in a place where he is loved and valued.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's not God's will when life support is involved.