Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Joseph Update

Baby Joseph, a terminally ill 1-year-old child who was almost removed from a life support while in Canada, has been transferred to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis. The hospital plans to perform a tracheotomy on Baby Joseph by the end of the week so his parents can care for him closer to home. The prolife group Priests for Life provided a plane to fly Baby Joseph to the St. Louis hospital and have agreed to pay his U.S. medical bills.
Doctors ran tests on Monday on the baby to provide his family with a second opinion on his prognosis. On Sunday, Joseph was moved to the U.S. faith-based hospital, from the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in southwestern Ontario, where he had been since October.

The baby's aunt, Faith Nader, said it's like the Windsor, Ont., family has awakened from a nightmare, and they hated the way Joseph was treated in London.

"I just need someone to wake me up and say, 'Yes! He's not in London anymore,'" said Nader. "We all hated it so much. It was the way they were treating him. It was so, so horrible. So we just wanted our right to life. We just wanted him out of there."

Ashley Weihle-Fram, a sommunications specialist for the St. Louis hospital, said: "At Cardinal Glennon we don't believe in turning any patient away."


For background information and how Right to Life of Michigan supported medical care by Baby Joseph's parents, click here.