Every human life has value.

baby joseph imageIn case you’ve missed this truly awful story. In Canada, a family is fighting for the right to care for their sick 13 month old child. “Baby Joseph” has a severe neurological disorder and is is on a ventilator in a hospital in London, Ontario. His parents are very aware that their son is not going to recover, but they also don’t want him to die in the hospital. So, they have requested a tracheotomy so that he can be cared for and die peacefully at home. Seems like a reasonable request. That’s how they cared for a daughter who died of a similar condition eight years ago But doctors have refused and insist on just removing Joseph’s ventilator and letting him die in the hospital. The case was brought before a Superior Court Judge in Canada who ruled in the doctors’ favor, and now, according to Moe Maraachli, Joseph’s father, hospital security is denying them private visits!:

“Security watch me and security stay with me…When I go to hospital I feel I am not in Canada. I feel I’m in jail or they kidnapped my baby.”

Awful. And unnecessary! It’s not like they could just take him out of the hospital, he’d die right away. That’s what they need the tracheotomy for. In its defense, the hospital says that it has amped up security “given the public interest in this case and the emotions involved in it.” Though, they have not actually received any threats.

I just read that the Michigan hospital they were hoping to get Joseph transferred to has declined. So now, it seems, his fate really is sealed. Awful. But his family is not giving up hope.

This, of course, has raised concerns about universal government health-care. Dr. Gerard Nadal reflects on When Hospitals Become Gulags. Awful.

Prayer: You have given the sick and the suffering a share in your cross, give them patience and strength. Save those you have redeemed by your blood, Lord.

*UPDATE* See video of Baby Joseph

February 24th, 2011 at 2:58 am
8 Responses to “Praying for Baby Joseph and Family”
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    Stacy Says:

    It is awful and heartbreaking. I appreciated Dr. Nadal’s words about this situation. I pray they find some peace in the coming days.

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    Bob Says:

    Sorry to politicize this sad story in any way, but it’s a fact: Canada is more socialist than most Americans realize.

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    Bob Says:

    St. Joseph, foster father of the Child Jesus and true spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us and for the dying of this day. Amen.

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    Our Heavenly Father God, surround these parents and baby Joseph with your love and peace and comfort. I praise You for parents who value life as You do. I pray in the precious name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen

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    Linda Says:

    All my love and prayers are with this sweet baby boy and his family. It is the Lords decision when he takes us NOT the government!!!!!!!! To the Family get a petition going!! The family should decide what is best for their child!!!

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    Baby Joseph may the Lord protect you from all evil and lead you to eternal. May the Lord send his spirit of peace and comfort to his loving parents. My prayers will be with you this night.

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    Donna Mcinnes Says:

    HE IS SO BEAUTIFULLY CREATED BY GOD PLEASE STAY STRONG I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU THAT JESUS TAKES CARE OF YOU ALL HE LOVES YOU JESUS LOVES ME SO THAT THE BIBLE TELLS IT SO AMEN. LET GOD REIGN ALL OVER YOU AND HE GIVES YOU PEACE AND STRENGTH THROUGH THIS ROUGH TIME GOD BLESS YOU TAKE CARE

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    Now this is sick. If the baby has only very little time to live, why cannot he share those last precious days of his life with his parents?

    Even a short life can be precious.