Baby now back home and safe in Canada

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

An infant known as “Baby Joseph” is back home with his parents in Windsor, Ontario, after a battle with Canadian courts that threatened his life.

Joseph Maraachli, a 14-month-old boy suffering from a progressive neuro­degenerative disease, was or­d­ered by the Ontario Superior Court Feb. 18 to have his breathing tube removed. The Ontario hospital treat­ing him said he had no cranial nerve function and no hope of recovery, so it wanted the tube removed to allow the boy to die.

But, the boy’s mother, Sana Nadar, a Catholic, and father, Moe, a Muslim, fought the court order and eventually arranged to have their son transferred to a Catholic hospital in St. Louis, with help from Brother Paul O’Donnell of the Fran­ciscan Brothers of Peace in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnea­polis.

Joseph was treated there and stabilized. Eventually, he was able to breathe on his own and the tube was removed.

On Holy Thursday, April 21, he was taken back to Canada and checked out at the Windsor Region­al Hospital, then sent home.

“Joseph is at home and he’s fine,” Brother Paul said. “Mission complete.”

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