Skip to comments.Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Leads Covert Mission to Rescue Baby Joseph
Posted on 03/14/2011 5:12:06 AM PDT by NYer
Baby Joseph being put on the plane for transport to the United States
STATEN ISLAND, March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under cover of darkness, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, arrived in Ontario, Canada, Sunday night to rescue Baby Joseph Maraachli from the London Health Sciences Centre. For two weeks, doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario, have been delaying the baby's transfer to a hospital where efforts to save his life will not be officially labeled "futile."
"I knew, after this dragged on day after day, that I needed to be here myself to get Baby Joseph to safety," said Father Pavone. "He needs to be in a hospital that cherishes life over the bottom line. After around-the-clock negotiations, this really became a race against time." Father Pavone was accompanied by Priests for Life staff, who were there to assure the transfer proceeded smoothly.
Baby Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were flown with Father Pavone to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., on a specially equipped air ambulance provided by Michigan-based Kalitta Charters, and sponsored and paid for by the New York City-based Priests for Life.
"If there is a chance this boy can live, we have to explore every option," said Father Pavone, who was to arrive back home in New York earlier today after weekend speaking engagements in Cleveland. Instead, he flew to Detroit and then on to Canada, vowing not to leave the country until he had Baby Joseph and his father with him.
"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said of the nighttime rescue mission. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."
Father Pavone said Baby Joseph's transfer was accomplished through the efforts of a number of people, including his parents; family spokesman Sam Sansalone; family attorney Claudio Martini; Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dr. Martin McCaffrey, a neonatologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Medical School; the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., and attorney CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law and Justice, also in D.C. Father Frank also thanked the many other Canadian pro-life groups and individuals who have been consistent and heroic in their advocacy for Baby Joseph and for all the vulnerable.
"We are united across national boundaries to continue to work together for a Culture of Life," Father Pavone said.
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.
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So it’s come to this: the vulnerable have to be spirited away “under cover of darkness” from The System, like Jews from the Nazis?
why do people keep repeating this miserable, defeatist dirge? The culture of death doesn't need to propagandize us with "the big lie," we do it ourselves.
be nice to see, on a "conservative" forum, more people saying, "over my dead f cking body!"
The parents discharged their child, against the advice of doctors at london medical. There is nothing more to it. The child has no brain function, he cannot survive. Torturing him further by performing a tracheotomy may extend his life, but does not extend his quality of life. Parents need to be able to make these decision themselves...I just think they are making the wrong decision...
A good point; alas the American people aren’t smart enough to figure out what they have done to themselves.
You appear to be a doctor in England?
I am not in doubt of the diagnosis, I DO object to the government making life and death decisions for this family. His parents accept he will die, his sister did indeed die of this same thing. They simply want to provide the loving care for him at home while the inevitable happens. Government health care insurance should NOT dictate to families how to live and die. It is insurance, help with medical bills. A trach is not that big a deal to allow them to let their baby come home to die in their loving arms.
I am sorry for your loss, but this is about getting out of this family’s face and letting them live out Baby Joseph’s days on this earth as they choose. You are absolutely right, there is nothing more to do, so get him home. The alternative is to kill him. I don’t believe in murder....just because he has a bad prognosis, doesn’t mean we kill him.
I don’t believe in a culture of death.....however, after two open heart surgeries my mother finally opted for Hospice. She was tired and feeling her age. When I took over her care she nearly died one very emotional night. After that the doctor and I had to work things out, the hospital interfered and tried to place her in a nursing home. Instead, I had to pitch a fit and get her released to me and hospice. After several months, she was improving. The hospice nurse and my family got her transferred to our hometown and into our own home. She was continuing to thrive and they kicked her right out of hospice. The second year, she became incontinent. It was a rough second year. Emotionally draining and exhausting. When hospice was called back it was only two weeks before she died.
My mother’s generation feared hospice....everyone they knew went into it and died right away. Culture of death fears prevailed. The nurses I found and the program as it worked for my mother was awesome. Sometimes you make mistakes. With my mother responsible for her own care on her own, she would most likely have died. As it turned out her short term memory was gone and she needed daily monitoring on her medications and that helped her managed her CHF effectively enough that hospice discharged her.
While there is a time to accept the inevitable, my personal experience has been good. Quality care at home is what hospice is all about.
There is a balance needed regarding death.....and I really don’t want to experience the kind of death panels in Canada that were so cold hearted and cruel as to put a family through what Baby Joseph’s family is going through. We should have some compassion.
We need to be vigilant that this does not happen here.....despite the passage of obamacaredeathpanel-style health care, we can still fight this here. It’s a shame we have so many fearful lemmings willing to give them the powers they will need over us. All in the name of the all mighty dollar. Sad state of affairs.
Sorry, I misread your post. You have had no personal loss. My mistake.
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