Canadian Parents Defy Court Order to End Baby's Life

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Update at bottom: video of father speaking to Megyn Kelly
A couple from Canada is seeking asylum in Detroit to protect a 13-month old baby.

photo courtesy Canada Press

The toddler, one Joseph Maraachli, is currently on life support at a hospital in London, Ontario. He has a severe neurological disease which has rendered him unconscious and will eventually take his life.
Doctors at the London hospital recommended immediate removal of the ventilator so Joseph can end his life in the shortest amount of time. His parents refused, claiming the sudden suffocation would amount to torture. They want Joseph to get a tracheotomy, return to their home, and pass away through less drastic circumstances.
Apparently thinking parents’ wishes are no longer sacrosanct, the hospital sought legal action. There is no logical reason for the parents’ plan to be rejected other than money. This is not a Terri Schiavo case where parents want to keep a child alive indefinitely. This is a couple wanting to settle for a more humane way of accepting death.
Yet the case went to court, and a judge ruled February 17 that the parents were legally required to give consent for the hospital’s recommendation.
You read that correctly – a judge decided that courts can legally force parents to relinquish medical decisions for their own children. The Maraachlis, to their credit, were not intimidated and refused to comply.
Now the hospital finds itself in a legal standoff. Doctors are afraid to remove the ventilator without getting that consent, and the parents are vowing to disobey the court order as long as they physically can.
They have sought help from Children’s Medical Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Joseph’s parents claim the American hospital had treated him before and done a better job than those in Ontario. The Detroit hospital has been contacted by the family asking for them to admit Joseph as a patient. Doctors in Ontario refuse to release Joseph until he has an invitation.
For now Joseph’s parents can only wait for word from Detroit as they run out the legal clock in Ontario. If an American hospital does not agree to take the case, authorities in Canada will eventually take further action to enforce the court order.
To donate money for Joseph’s legal battle, please visit the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which has an online fundraiser.
*****Update: Joseph’s father spoke to Fox’s Megyn Kelly about the situation this afternoon. LINK

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0 responses to “Canadian Parents Defy Court Order to End Baby's Life

  1. With left/libtards so enamored of things north of the border, this’s a good reason to vote Republican in 2012 just by itself.
    What gets me is that the judge doesn’t have the cajones to order the kid removed from life support. He wants to make the parents do it and go against their own wishes rather than be responsible for it himself.

  2. A preview of what’s to come with Odumbo care.

  3. Just pathetic that a judge ordered the parents to do this. I pray the parents get their way with deciding the care of the OWN child.

  4. The dAd said on TV today that all they want is for the docs to do a tracheotomy, so they can take him home to die. It’s a simple two minute procedure. What is wrong with those bas”””””””””’

  5. I believe that the parents should have the right to make this decision for their child. They do not have unrealistic hope that their child will live. However, even if the child gets a tracheotomy he will still need an oxygen source. Otherwise it would be just like taking him off of his current life support measures. If the parents are granted a tracheotomy for their child, what will the end of life experience be for their son? Will he suffer from seizures because of his neurological condition? Will he develop a thick buildup of mucous that will require frequent suctioning? I just think that all parties involved need to look at the big picture. And I think the judge should either order the child off of life support or not, not order the parents to sign a consent. That’s like Pilate washing his hands.

    • So you think the parents should have the right to choose, but you also think the judge should have either ordered Joseph’s immediate death or ruled not to.
      If we really believe the parents have a right to choose, then
      A) there’s no point in questioning the feasibility of their choice
      B) there’s absolutely no discussion on what the judge should have done. there should never have been a judge in the first place.
      I for one will not sit here asking about seizures or mucus or whatever else. Either we believe the parents have 100% autonomy, or we don’t.

  6. The parents do have the right to choose but they need to be educated about what the consequences are for all options. They are trying to act in the most humane way possible so they need to be aware of the manner in which their child might die if they go with the tracheotomy.
    I think that the issue should be handled between the doctors, the hospital, and the child’s parents. What I am saying in reference to the Judge is that he made no judgement at all. He ordered something that the parents are not about to carry out and legally, they’re all back where they started from. It did nothing but cost money and time and add stress to an already stressful situation.

    • If you look into the whole story, you’ll find that the Maraachli family had a baby a few years ago with the same condition, and they did the tracheotomy routine then. They are plenty educated on their options.
      I don’t think it should be handled “between” the doctors and the parents. I think parents get what they want and doctors are only there to explain the options.
      And the judge’s ruling is not “no judgement at all.” Her ruling means that sooner or later, if they don’t make it to Detroit, the authorities will enforce the decision one way or another.
      With all due respect, it doesn’t look like you’ve studied this case very much.


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