Fr. Frank's statement on the passing of Baby Joseph (September 28, 2011)
Baby Joseph: A Life Worth Living
"The summary of the work you did for the family
of ‘Baby Joseph’ is touching and these stories are always encouraging to
hear." – Most Rev. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, President, Pontifical Academy
for Life (Vatican City)
Joseph’s family fought the Canadian medical establishment from October to
March 2011 to help their child breathe. Moe and Sana Maraachli were refused
a tracheotomy for their son, and were told that because their baby has a
fatal neurological disease, that further treatment would be "futile."
Working with many others, we at Priests for Life arranged to have the baby
transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St Louis. He
received the tracheotomy and on Holy Thursday, 2011 Baby Joseph went home to
Canada with his parents. The Priests for Life Family, including tens of
thousands of people who sent emails to the Canadian authorities, is
delighted to have helped.
Priests for Life has also agreed to pay for Baby Joseph’s medical expenses.
Learn more about this story from beginning to end below in the various
videos, photos and news items and read of the many
lessons that can be learned from the story of Baby Joseph.
In the photo, Baby Joseph's father, Moe (left) with Jerry Horn,
Senior Vice President of Priests for Life.
Joseph was baptized in St. Louis and
asked to be his Godfather.
As the parents of Baby Joseph, we
thank you from the depths of our hearts for your generosity in helping our
son get the medical care he deserves. You have brought us great joy. Thank
you. – Moe and Sana