And he is breathing on his own! After doctors in Missouri did a tracheotomy on Baby Joseph, he spent some weeks in recovery and has been brought home to Windsor, Ontario.
Dr. Robert Wilmott, Chief of Pediatrics for SSM Cardinal Glennon and Saint Louis University School of Medicine, said Joseph has been breathing so well on his own there will be no need to take him to a local rehabilitation hospital and he can be transported to Ontario.
Medical personnel in London, Ontario had decided that this operation was too risky for Baby Joseph and they refused to do it. Father Frank Pavone, of Priests for Life USA, stepped in, financed the move to an American hospital where the procedure was done, and took care of the other expenses as well.
This really puts a shadow on Canadian medical care, when a baby is denied a simple surgery because the medical boards here have decided that this baby's life is just not worth the trouble and expense.
“Our mission to save Baby Joseph and help his family was never based on any prediction of the future, but rather on the value of his life here and now. Our critics, on the other hand, looking into the crystal ball that ‘right to die’ advocates seem to always think they have, claimed our intervention was futile because Joseph would only end up having a machine do his breathing for him,” said Fr. Pavone.
Thank you Father Pavone, thank you to all who contributed for and prayed for Baby Joseph and his family. Donations can still be sent to Priests for Life USA, as the costs have been considerable.
By the way, I heard about this first on news radio here in Halifax. I was stunned that they even carried the story and I think that is just great.