Monday, March 14, 2011

"Baby Joseph" headed to US with help of Priests for Life and Catholic Hospital in Missouri

Fr. Frank Pavone and father of "Baby Joseph", Moe Maraachli

Just a reminder: We are in the middle of the Novena to St. Joseph and here is a worthy prayer intention

From Priests for Life:

STATEN ISLAND, March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under cover of darkness, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, arrived in Ontario, Canada, Sunday night to rescue Baby Joseph Maraachli from the London Health Sciences Centre. For two weeks, doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario, have been delaying the baby's transfer to a hospital where efforts to save his life will not be officially labeled "futile."


"I knew, after this dragged on day after day, that I needed to be here myself to get Baby Joseph to safety," said Father Pavone. "He needs to be in a hospital that cherishes life over the bottom line. After around-the-clock negotiations, this really became a race against time." Father Pavone was accompanied by Priests for Life staff, who were there to assure the transfer proceeded smoothly.

Baby Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were flown with Father Pavone to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., on a specially equipped air ambulance provided by Michigan-based Kalitta Charters, and sponsored and paid for by the New York City-based Priests for Life.

"If there is a chance this boy can live, we have to explore every option," said Father Pavone, who was to arrive back home in New York earlier today after weekend speaking engagements in Cleveland. Instead, he flew to Detroit and then on to Canada, vowing not to leave the country until he had Baby Joseph and his father with him.

"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said of the nighttime rescue mission. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."
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Fox News is also reporting on this: EXCLUSIVE: 'Baby Joseph' Gets Second Chance at Life in U.S.





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2 comments:

Lili said...

I am not comfortable with the claim that Priest for Life ( specifically Fr Frank Pavone has saved Baby Joseph. Many people work to help this little one, including the Franciscan Brothers of Peace! We don't see them blowing their horn at this moment!

I am always a bit troubled by priests that clamor for notice in a process like this. The photo I've seen with the baby look's like a fundraising tool to me.

Also a bit troubled by the idea that he/Priest for Life worked in a covert or possibly questionable way in this action.

God bless all those that have worked to help this little one. Especially his parents that have never stopped fighting for his well being.

Nick said...

Diane,

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