Baby Joseph Maraachli arrived home in Windsor, Ontario today after a long journey to the United States for pallative treatment due to a rare neurological disease.
Baby Joseph is the fifteen month old toddler who touched the heart of millions all over the world when Canadian doctors refused to perform surgery that would prolong his life and provide him with pallative care.
He was born with a progessive neurological condition that has left him in a vegetative state and will eventually take his life. His parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader requested that the doctors at London Health Services Centre give Joseph a tracheotomy so that they could remove Joseph from the hospital breathing equipment and take Joseph home with them.
When they refused, citing that it would be invasive and too risky, the doctor’s at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri accepted him as a patient and the baby was transported to the United States for care.
Baby Joseph will be examined at Windsor Regional Hospital before he is released to go home with his parents. He has been the center of a right-to-life debate and his plight has been supported emotionally and financially by many Christian and other faith based groups.