A 20-month old infant with a terminal disease died this week, after his parents sued the Canadian government to allow them to perform a tracheotomy to keep him alive: ‘Baby Joseph’ Dies at Home After Long Treatment Battle.
The “pro-life” movement seized on this case, because they believe God wanted this poor baby to suffer as long as possible, even though there was absolutely no hope. The child had Leigh Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes increasing degradation of the nervous system; there is no cure, and the only prognosis is a very short life of misery and suffering.
Which they made even worse by forcing the child to undergo a tracheotomy.
What kind of heartlessly selfish fanatic could possibly inflict such torture on a helpless child?
Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo and co-director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network that helps disabled people like Terri and Joseph receive appropriate medical care, also commented to LifeNews on Baby Jospeh’s passing. Like Pavone, the Schindler family was instrumental in helping Joseph’s parents obtain the tracheotomy to allow him to breathe easier. Schindler traveled to London, Ontario on two occasions to join the family of Baby Joseph.
“It was a privilege and an inspiration for me to meet the Maraachli family and see their dedication to care for and love their precious boy, regardless of his disability,” said Schindler. “All the parents wanted was to bring their baby home. By their example, they showed the world what it means to love unconditionally. May we all learn from their example.”
Brother Paul O’Donnell was active in helping Joseph and his family and he told LifeNews.com previously about his experience.
“I was privileged to be one of the first American supporters of Baby Joseph and the Maraachli family. We assembled a team of pro-life and anti-euthanasia leaders and mounted a grass roots campaign to have Baby Joseph transferred to a hospital in the U.S,” O’Donnell recalled. “Baby Joseph remains a sick little boy and his time on earth may indeed be short. However, when he eventually dies, it will be God who decides when and not the courts and doctors. Now this little one will have precious time with his family, surrounded by love.”