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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