Monday, March 14, 2011

Baby Joseph rescued

Tonight baby Joseph Maraachli was flown to St. Louis after Fr. Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life staff successfully negotiated his release from a Canadian hospital in Ontario.

As this blog is being written, the baby whose life has been the subject of intense controversy for the last month was in the intensive care unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis.

A Fox News exclusive covers the story here.


At 7:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may think this is a victory in some way. A way to triumpet the U.S. health care system as being better than the Canadian system. Sorry, no go. Not only will this not change the baby's condition, the massive bill's are going to start coming in. The one and only winner - the U.S. profit based Hospital that will stand to make ten if not hundred's of thousands in prolonging the agony without hops of recovery.

As difficult as it is, the parents need to let the baby go. Easy for me to say? No, hard as hell. But I did it in an instant with my 14 year daughter to set her free because that is what she would have wanted.

This is not love, this is selfish love. Selfless love would have resulted in the baby going to heaven without unnecessary delay.

Did you support the Iraq war? Did you speak out against it? Are you for the death penalty? Are you consistant with your por-life stance, or are you an absolute hypocrite?

Love and kisses from Canada, where no exit bill is given after major surgery or visits to the Dr., X-Ray room, C-Scan, you name it. No bills to pay.

The health care debate is down south. Up north we know we've got a good thing.

At 11:03 AM, Blogger John J. Jakubczyk said...

Apparently you have not been reading the entire story regarding Baby Joseph. The parents wanted to take him home and the hospital and government refused. The family knows he is terminal and wanted to have his last moments be at home and not in the hospital. In order to release the child, he had to be transferred to another hospital.

SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center opened in 1956 and was named in memory of Cardinal John Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis from 1903 until his death in 1946. The hospital was a fulfillment of Cardinal Glennon's vision of a health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care. The hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, which is run by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The system has 19 acute-care hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

This hospital will see if there is anything that can be done for the baby. They will approach his case as respecting his dignity of life.

I am sorry for your loss. At the same time you are not aware of all the facts and what the parents have been suffering. Allow them to make the best decision for their child. Let us all pray that God's will be done.

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair enough. I was speaking through emotion.

I'm noty sure why the title of the article had to include the word 'rescued'? Rescued from what?

Why did the baby have to go to a U.S. hospital? Why 'release' the baby at all? If the parents wanted the child home why is the child not home? Is the U.S. hospital going to now release the child into the care of the parents? That would make sense. But if they are not then there is no rescue here.

I have no doubt the baby will receive excellent care. I wish all Americans had access to excellent care. They don't. The Canadian system as a result ends up 'rescuing' many Americans who manage to secure Canadian health care insurance because the American system is not accessible for monetary or other purposes.
Like to see Fox news write about that.

Anyway, you seem like a nice guy who'se heart is in the right place. I wish you all the best.

At 5:07 PM, Blogger John J. Jakubczyk said...

That was the problem. The hospital would not abide by the parents' wishes and refused to work with them. We refer to is as a rescue in that had this not taken place the hospital was going to act against the best interests of the child in the parent's opinion. Apparently the hospital staff was told to take Baby Joseph off life support. So it was all a pretty last minute maneuver.

I think that given the laws in Canada, and perhaps the health care decisions made thus far,the parents felt more comfortable having the Franciscan hospital in St. Louis reexamine little Joseph and give them a second opinion.

Again you and I can pray that God's perfect will be done.


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