The family of Baby Joseph Maraachli have been told that their baby will not survive. Baby Joseph requires a breathing tube and the hospital is demanding that the breathing tube be removed, while the Maraachli family have asked that a tracheotomy be done to enable the family to bring Joseph home where he would die in their arms. Why is the hospital and the courts denying the Maraachli family an opportunity to allow their child to die naturally on their terms?
Yesterday, LifeSiteNews asked me for comments concerning the case of Baby Joseph Maraachli. I stated to LifeSiteNews that:
“I have no idea why the London Health Sciences Centre would be putting such a legal and emotional burden upon the Maraachli family. If there are complications related to the tracheotomy, well, the child is supposedly dying anyway.”Today I received a phone call from Joseph's father, Moe Maraachli. After speaking to Mr Maraachli I can only say that my heart goes out to their family and I hope that a resolve will come to their case soon.
“The fact is that this family is living through an emotionally draining experience and all they want to do is love their son with the time that he may have left. Why must the hospital impose their plan of death upon the family?”
The facts of the case:
Baby Joseph Maraachli has been at the Victoria Hospital in London, Ontario, since mid-October when his parents, Moe and Sana Maraachli of Windsor, found he had difficulty breathing and was losing all color in his face.
Doctors discovered that he suffers from “severe and progressively deteriorating neurological problems,” in the words of a Windsor Star reporter, that there is no hope for recovery.
The doctors petitioned the consent and capacity board to have the breathing tube, the enables Joseph to breath, removed.
The Maraachli family have asked that instead of removing the breathing tube that a tracheotomy be done to allow the family to bring Joseph home where he would die in the loving arms of his family, without choking to death.
The consent and capacity board sided with the doctors which is not surprising considering the fact that Ontario's consent and capacity board almost always side with the doctor.
The Maraachli family is challenging the decision of the consent and capacity board to the Ontario Superior Court.
Eight years ago the Maraachli's daughter died from similar complications; she had a tracheotomy done and died at home. The Maraachli's want Joseph to also have the opportunity to die at home.
Since when has our society denied the parents of a supposedly dying child the right to allow the child to die at home on their terms.
This is a devastatingly sad case, that has been exasperated by the unnecessary legal battle that is totally based on the question of who has the right to decide.
In a health care system that we are being constantly told, is out of money, why are they expending tax payers dollars to bring a family to court, who simply want to bring their baby home?