Baby Joseph Maraachli Lives and Dies with Dignity

Seven months ago Joseph Maraachli, affectionately called Baby Joseph by many, finally won the right to live with dignity.  A hospital and courts in Ontario, Canada refused to perform a tracheotomy that the baby needed so that he could breathe on his own and go home with his parents.

Because of the support of many people and groups including Priests for Life, The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, and Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Baby Joseph was able to receive his needed surgery in the United States then go home to live with his loving family.

Last night (September 27), Baby Joseph went home to be with the Lord.  No doubt, there will be some who ascribe to the culture of death who will say that he only had seven months anyway so the doctors should have just pulled the plug.  But they will miss the point.  We are not God and we should not play God.  Baby Joseph was born in God’s time and went in God’s time.  He was finally afforded the dignity to live with his parents and brother until his natural death.  How many of us, if told that we have seven months to live, would say, “Just kill me now then.”?  We would want to have as much time as possible to enjoy our family on earth.  All children with disabilities, all people deserve to have this same right, this same dignity.

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About nalidabesson

I am a wife and mother of three children. My husband is blind from congenital cataracts. He is a talented musician. (Hear selections from his instrumental Gospel album at ). My children had a 50/50 chance of inheriting it and all three did. Besides being legally blind, my kids have additional disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, seizure condition, learning disorder, and developmental delays. They are wonderful, happy children and I thank the Lord for allowing me to be their mother. All people deserve the right to life. Children (unborn and born) around the world with disabilities are targeted for abortion and euthanasia because of their disabilities. We should protect their lives because all lives are precious in God's eye. And even if someone does not believe in God, scientifically, every person from conception is a person. I am a teacher of students who are blind and visually impaired, some with other disabilities. I also have a background in law and public adminstration, having graduated from law school and management school before pursuing a career in special education. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for ALL--unborn and born, with disabilities and without.
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