Save Baby Joseph Maraachli

There’s an 18-month-old baby boy in Canada who is about to be put to death by the Canadian government.

I’m writing to you today so that you can help Priests For Life save this baby’s life if possible.

Here’s the situation … The baby, who is known as Baby Joseph, is suffering from a critical condition that requires him to have a breathing tube in order to stay alive.

However, the Canadian government has decided that they don’t want to spend any more money on Baby Joseph to keep him alive.

And, to everyone’s horror, the government won’t even let Baby Joseph go home with his parents. His parents need to obtain better health care for Baby Joseph by bringing him to the United States where a hospital — preferably a Catholic hospital where the baby will NOT be euthanized.

My experience in the case of Terri Schiavo back in 2005 showed me how devastating it is when a person — no matter how young or how old — is put to death by the “health care” system that pretends to help the sick, the poor, the indigent, the elderly, and those with terminal illnesses.

In reality, the government “health care” system doesn’t want to spend money on anyone if they can’t make money on that patient.

Therefore, since the Canadian government — because of their system of rationing health care — is determined to put Baby Joseph to death by removing his breathing tube, we at Priests For Life are stepping up to the plate and offering to bring Baby Joseph to the United States so that he can receive better health care and possibly survive his illness rather than being put to death because of rationed health care.

You see, the Canadian government is refusing to let Baby Joseph’s parents take care of him. His parents don’t want him to die. They already had one child die from a similar illness, and they don’t want it to happen again.

But because of the Canadian government’s system of “socialized” health care, Baby Joseph is in danger. They won’t take care of him. Therefore, we have to.

The first thing I urge you to do is contact the officials in the Canadian government who are holding Baby Joseph’s life in their hands. All you have to do is click here and your message will be sent immediately to these Canadian officials to implore them to release Baby Joseph back to his parents so that he can get the proper health care he needs and not be put to death in the painful, inhumane method of removing his breathing tube.

The second thing you need to do is pray for Baby Joseph and his parents for a sensitive solution to this problem.

And then, third, please forward this alert to everyone on your email list!

I will keep you updated on our progress in this crucial fight to save Baby Joseph. Please keep reading these alerts and forwarding them to all your friends and family members so that the word can get out about the injustices inflicted upon little children by the Culture of Death.

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director

According to a LifeNews.com report, “supporters of Joseph Maraachli and his parents are putting together rallies to support his right to be treated and go home.”

Your prayers are needed so that the Maraachlis are allowed to bring their baby home and get him a tracheotomy so Baby Joseph is allowed to be in the comfort of his own home and die with dignity surrounded by the people that love him.

18 Responses to “Save Baby Joseph Maraachli”

  1. Sam Sansalone says:

    Frank Pavone is a well-known blacksheep of the church. No wonder, he is lying and manipulating facts.

    A dying child deserves dignity, not a bunch of invasive procedures in the name of a faith. So many people with agendas…..sick people. Let the boy have peace, without the selfish requests of his Muslim father!

  2. alv3d@ says:

    Fr. Frank is actually very well respected in the church. Read his bio:

    National Director, Priests for Life and Missionaries of the Gospel of Life
    President, National Pro-life Religious Council
    Pastoral Director, Rachel’s Vineyard

    FR. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993 he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. He travels throughout the country, to an average of four states every week, preaching and teaching against abortion. He produces programs regularly for religious and secular radio and television networks. He was asked by Mother Teresa to speak in India on the life issues, and has addressed the pro-life caucus of the United States House of Representatives. The Vatican appointed him to the Pontifical Council for the Family, which coordinates the pro-life activities of the Catholic Church. He also serves as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo as she was dying and was an outspoken advocate for her life. He was invited by members of the Class of 2009 at Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those students who refused to attend the ceremony in which President Obama was honored. Fr. Frank was invited by members of Congress to preach at the prayer service they had in the Capitol just prior to the vote on health care reform. He received the “Proudly Pro-life Award” by the National Right to Life Committee, and numerous other pro-life awards and honorary doctorates. He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It, and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day. Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade abortion decision, called Fr. Frank “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.”

  3. Cynthia Lauer says:

    Some information is being misreported, which does not help baby Joseph or his family.

    This is not a decision of the “Canadian government”, which has no role at all in the case.

    Doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario disagreed with baby Joseph’s parents about the correct treatment. The doctors felt that it was best to remove the breathing tube, while the parents have requested a tracheotomy (hole in the throat) so that they can bring the baby home.

    Since the doctors felt that the surgery was not in baby Joseph’s best interests, they brought the case to the Consent and Capacity Board pursuant to Ontario’s Health Care Consent Act. The Consent and Capacity Board is an independent tribunal, which is not under the control of government officials. They cannot consider any financial issues, and in this case were only allowed to consider the question of what was in baby Joseph’s best interests. http://www.ccboard.on.ca/scripts/english/index.asp

    The decision of the Consent and Capacity Board can be found here:
    http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onccb/doc/2011/2011canlii7955/2011canlii7955.html

    Nobody “wants” baby Joseph to die, but all of the medical evidence is that he is dying of an incurable neurological condition.

    The real issue is this: who gets to decide how baby Joseph will be treated? Right now, the law in Ontario under the Health Care Consent Act allows a board to overturn the decision of parents if they don’t believe that it is in the best interests of the child – even if those parents are clearly mentally competent, loving and not abusive or neglectful. The parents’ demand was not outrageous, considering that they wanted the same treatment that their daughter had received for the same condition. The decision also involves a value judgment on extending the length of life vs. quality of life. The real question, then, is whether the Ontario Health Care Consent Act should be amended to give parents more power to make this difficult decisions on their own.

  4. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    I have been led to understand that Sam is controlling the family of Baby Joseph and only providing them with his own agenda. After readin this:

    S/ A dying child deserves dignity, not a bunch of invasive procedures in the name of a faith. So many people with agendas…..sick people. Let the boy have peace, without the selfish requests of his Muslim father!

    I am in agreement with him. Let the baby boy die in peace.

  5. alv3d@ says:

    Thank you for your comment Joanne. We are in agreement on letting the boy die in peace. The parents know he will die but they just want to take him home to die surrounded by the people that love him. Is that too much to ask. The tracheotomy will allow that to happen.

    Priests for Life is trying to work with doctors in the US to see if that is indeed the best course of action but the Canadian docotrs will not release Baby Joseph’s medical records to the parents which is Canadian Law. Maybe US doctors will agree with the canadian doctors and advise against the tracheotomy but we won’t know until the medical records can be reviewed. If a trachiotomy will help the boy go home and die surrounded by his family, that would seem like the logical thing to do. Don’tyou agree?

  6. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    No, I do not agree. A tracheotomy will not make any difference for Baby Joseph now that he has been ventilator dependent for months and only breatthes on his own occasionally. What he requires to breathe is a ventilator which is on demand and helps him to breathe when he can’t on his own. Right now Baby Joseph is between the devil and the deep blue sea. His Windsor lawyer has filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Ontario and until a decision is reached, nothing else can be done. When a decision is reached, then any US hospital that is willing to take on a hopeless case for free will be allowed to do so. The Medical records can then be requested by them.

    Everyone seems to forget that a company has offered two portable , self regulating ventilators that the parents can be taught to use in the home and this was turned down or at least ignored.

    My concern is for the baby who should be allowed to die naturally with as much dignity as possible whether in hospital or in the home. The media uproar is not helping the case. The fact that US Right to lifers are using this case to exploit the dangers of a socialized health care system there is simply unconscionable. The facts are being misconstrued. The parents are listening to the wrong people who really are not working on an informed basis. Well meaning, yes, helpful….no!

  7. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    No, I do not agree. A tracheotomy will not make any difference for Baby Joseph now that he has been ventilator dependent for months and only breathes on his own occasionally. What he requires to breathe is a ventilator which is on demand and helps him to breathe when he can’t on his own. Right now Baby Joseph is between the devil and the deep blue sea. His Windsor lawyer has filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Ontario and until a decision is reached, nothing else can be done. When a decision is reached, then any US hospital that is willing to take on a hopeless case for free will be allowed to do so. The Medical records can then be requested by them.

    Everyone seems to forget that a company has offered two portable , self regulating ventilators that the parents can be taught to use in the home and this was turned down or at least ignored.

    My concern is for the baby who should be allowed to die naturally with as much dignity as possible whether in hospital or in the home. The media uproar is not helping the case. The fact that US Right to lifers are using this case to exploit the dangers of a socialized health care system there is simply unconscionable. The facts are being misconstrued. The parents are listening to the wrong people who really are not working on an informed basis. Well meaning, yes, helpful….no!

  8. David says:

    Now we will see. Joseph is coming to the US. Perhaps he will not survive the desease, but at least his parents will be able to say they did everything they possible. They were not ready to give up, and that should be their choice alone.

  9. Cynthia Lauer says:

    The hospital in London DID provide the records to a hospital in Michigan, at the request of the parents, and indicated that they would transfer baby Joseph if the hospital was willing to accept the transfer.

    After reviewing the records, the Michigan hospital refused. Obviously, universal medicare is not the real issue.

    http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/02/23/17384581.html

  10. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    I’m so thankful that Baby Joseph tolerated the trip to St.Louis and appears to be stable.

    Now we must wait and see if the Physicians there will be willing to perform a tracheotomy on Baby Joseph and discharge him home with his parents.

    I believe that it is not our health care system ln Canada that is on trial here. I blame Dr. Fraser at LHSC for playing God and for the courts and the law for supporting his ill advised decision.

    God Bless the USA….Joanne

  11. Tania says:

    With thousands of children and adults dying in the wake of earthgquakes, tsunami and other disasters – As sad as painful as it is – those resources that are being used on this one child could save hundreds or even thousands of lives right now.
    This family needs counselling, not precious resources that are being misappropriated. The sadnes of one family is being used for a political agenda, rather than looking atthe real problem which is their inability to deal with grief.

  12. geekgirl says:

    If this happened 50 years ago, this baby would already be gone. Just because technology exists to prolong his life doesn’t mean it should be used. Withholding invasive procedures in a case where there’s no quality of life is NOT the same as putting someone to death. These political religious groups should be ashamed of themselves for using twisting this poor family’s tragedy into a platform for their agenda.

  13. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    I think that many are just caught up in the media hype. Everyone has their own purpose and unfortunately Baby Joseph seems lost in all of it. I believe that Moe sincerely loves his baby, but does not fully understand what is medically and morally right in this instance. The family certainly does need counseling in their grief . The financial resources being spent on this rescue from Canada is really ill advised. I’m relieved that he made the trip successfully but being in St.Louis will neither provide him with better nursing or medical care. In my view what the end result may be just prlonging the Baby’s death and that to me is torturing him.

  14. Joanne St.Pierre says:

    Two lives were changed this week, thanks to your support of the ACLJ.

    We were able to help free an American Christian missionary being held without cause in a Haitian jail – and secure medical treatment in the U.S. for ”Baby Joseph,” whose Canadian doctors were going to take off life support.

    Danny Pye, an American missionary who for the past eight years has worked with orphans in Haiti, was mysteriously detained without explanation or formal charges filed against him, following the settlement of a civil property dispute. For the next five months, he remained in a Haitian jail – unaware of any charges against him, separated from his pregnant wife and child.

    Danny’s wife, Leann, began working immediately to get her husband released, but she encountered a long series of frustrating obstacles.

    Last week, Leann contacted the ACLJ seeking assistance. Our attorneys immediately went to work, meeting with Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador in Washington, D.C., and officials at the State Department. We also coordinated legal efforts with Danny’s attorney in Haiti.

    I am pleased to report that Danny has been released; and he returned home to Florida last night, just in time to be with Leann for the birth of their second child, expected any day now. To learn more about Danny’s ordeal, please read Jordan’s latest piece for the Washington Post.

    You can also see and hear from Danny himself in a local news report.
    I encourage you to watch the video here.

    Meanwhile, we also had the joy of helping ”Baby Joseph” – an infant with a serious illness who, until now, has been hospitalized in Canada – receive much-needed medical care at a hospital here in America.

    You may have heard about Joseph Maraachli, or ”Baby Joseph” as he has become known, in the news recently. He has a severe degenerative disease and has been in a hospital in Canada. However, his doctors there determined that he should be removed from life support – against his own parents’ wishes. That’s right, the doctors decided, and a Canadian court even agreed with them!

    Baby Joseph’s parents retained the ACLJ a couple weeks ago to help them find a hospital in the U.S. that would accept their child for treatment. Good news: little Baby Joseph was airlifted out of Canada Sunday night and is now at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where he is receiving the care he needs.

    We assisted in a number of vital areas, including facilitation of the transfer of the child to the Missouri facility, and ensuring no legal impediments in the transfer process.

    But this, again, was a team effort. We worked with Priests for Life and others, especially Glennon Medical Center, a leader in children’s health care. Read more about the race to find medical care for Baby Joseph here.

    You helped change two lives this week! Thanks to your support, ACLJ attorneys were able to intervene and help rescue both of these individuals from the perilous situations they faced.

    Thank you for being a part of everything the ACLJ is doing in the U.S. and around the world!

    Sincerely,

    Jay Sekulow
    ACLJ Chief Counsel

    (I received this information on a forum that I frequent.)

  15. Lucy Kessler says:

    All I have to say is that every child deserves a chance. Joseph’s parents have every right to pursue every avenue to help their child remain alive. It should not be a government that decides whether you live or die.

  16. Anonymous says:

    As a mother, though it may seem practical pulling the plug cuz the baby is in a vegetative state, again, as a mother, I could never do that! Period. As simple as that. As a mother, I always look for a miracle, even if it’s remote, if it doesnt exist, and I will fight for every remote chance that can make the baby live few more days, hoping for a miracle – hoping a miracle may happen and that might save the baby.
    Unless everybody is certain for sure that there never existed any miracles and there’s no such thing as God, well, then, pulling the plug is the only option.

    When there is equipment,technology to take care for, and since it’s not 50 yrs back and since we are living NOW, I believe this baby should get every possible chance to get a second chance at life. Who are we to deny that? Just cuz we spent a few pennies out of our pocket?

    Imagine your own in that situation and imagine you dont have enough money and imagine when people say “Why do we need to spend our money on you?”

    It’s easy to throw stones.

    Let the poor baby atleast try and get a second chance at life, cuz he’s born in this century, not some 50 yrs back.

    And if all of you believe he is in a vegetative state, why do you get a doubt that he may be in pain cuz of the tracheotomy? Do people in vegetative state feel anything?

    That’s the collective argument, right? Since he is brain-dead (supposedly shouldnt feel any pain or anything), he shouldnt be given a chance to live.

    Many of us want to buy lot of make-up, want to eat-out everyday, want to spend lots of money on ourselves, but when it comes to helping a little baby, suddenly we are all cautious as to how much money is being wasted in this useless cause!

    Yes, there are lot of people who need more attention and a good chance at life, maybe more than this little Joseph, maybe why dont we skip one month make-up or eat out only twice a week and donate some of our money to worthy causes, instead of cribbing on “why Baby Joseph should live this life in a vegetative state”.

    And what are these parents asking for? I am sure if they can spend more money into research, I am sure some DNA sequencing or some research might even help Baby Joseph get cured of his disease.
    But are these parents asking for that? They are just asking for a trach, so that they could take him home. When the baby doesnt feel anything in a vegetative state, what harm does this trach do to him?
    Well, experience without compassion wont teach a thing.

  17. alv3d@ says:

    Actually, Baby Joseph is responding to stimulus. Please visit http://www.preistsforlife.org so see his progress.

  18. [...] Pro-life Activists, on the other hand, disagree: In reality, the government “health care” system doesn’t want to spend money on anyone if they can’t make money on that patient (Alveda King). [...]

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