Praytell, how does one define “risky?” UPDATED: Justin Bieber would be shocked!

I’m not sure what to title this – I also kicked around “How I hope this is a misquote #2”

From LifeSiteNews

LONDON, Ontario, February 18, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – As thousands rally behind one-year-old Joseph Maraachli after the Ontario Superior Court ruled that his life support will be removed Monday against the wishes of his parents, a group of locals from London have organized a silent prayer vigil for Joseph and his family.

The vigil will take place at 9 a.m. on Monday outside Victoria Hospital, at Wellington and Commissioners.

The family’s struggle has drawn international headlines in the last 24 hours amidst fears that the court decision facilitates a system where doctors are authorized to force life and death decisions on patients.  Over 1,300 people have joined a Facebook page to “Save baby Joseph.”

Joseph has been on life support at London’s Victoria Hospital since October.  The doctors gave him no chance of recovery, so his parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, asked them to perform a tracheotomy, which would allow them to take Joseph home. But the doctors refused, saying the procedure was too risky. 

So ummm… pulling the respirator and ensuring death is somehow less “risky?”

The parents know he’s dying – they want the dignity of having their baby die in their arms in their home, in God’s time. The hospital REFUSES and the COURTS agree. Pray for this family.

Be vigilant, America – this is what we are facing with Obamacare.

UPDATE: RS McCain brought us the wit and wisdom of prepubescent wonder Justin Bieber earlier this week:

The Canadian-born Bieber never plans on becoming an American citizen. “You guys are evil,” he jokes. “Canada’s the best country in the world.” He adds, “We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. . . .”

Hey, Justin: you don’t worry about paying the doc as long as he decides you’re worthy of treatment. Who’s evil now, kid?

–pjMom

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9 Responses

  1. […] and I have both written about Baby Joseph’s fight to have the tracheotomy which would allow him to die in peace at […]

  2. […] Joseph Maraachli’s parents continue to fight for the right to take their son home.  […]

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  5. “Hey, Justin: you don’t worry about paying the doc as long as he decides you’re worthy of treatment.”
    And if Canadian doc will decide he’s unworthy (unlikely, considering his status) or the needed procedure will not be available in Canada (likely), he’ll pay cash for the treatment in the US.

  6. It’s not a misquote. I know exactly what they meant. See, with the tracheotomy, the boy could live long enough at home to get some kind of infection, like pneumonia, which they would be obliged to treat with at least some antibiotics, who knows what else.

    In other words, the risk of which they speak is not risk to the patient. It’s the risk that they might have to spend a few more dollars to let him live a few more days.

    Yeah.

    This case scares me worse than all the other horror stories I’ve heard in the past 5 years about governement-alloted healthcare.

    And I’ve heard a lot of em.

    • Ah, the cost-benefit analysis.

      What did Sarah Palin call that?

      Oh, yeah: death panels.

      I have relatives who deal with the glories of socialized medicine (in a tiny European country) on a daily basis. An aunt paid doctors under the table to “ensure a successful surgery” for her son, who had a compound fracture. My dad and aunts had to kick money to the nurses to make sure my grandmother got her pain meds in a timely manner while she lay dying three years ago. I was horrified by the hospital (which my friends praised as “new” and “modern”) when my grandfather died of cancer-in-every-nook-and-cranny-because-it-went-undetected-for-so-long. The hospital beds utilized hand-cranks for raising and lowering patients.

      Hand-cranks. Like in WWII movies. And that was the modern hospital.

      • Sounds like the Soviet Union. We had to pay under the table, and there weren’t that many treatment options to begin with.
        My poor great grand mother broke her hip, and THEY WOULD NOT GIVE HER DRUGS AS SHE LAY DYING. She was in horrible pain for weeks, but you see, at the time Soviet government had a anti-alcohol and anti-drug campaign going, which meant that no anesthetics were dispensed, period. We had doctor friends, and they couldn’t help us. There isn’t much you can do if you are in a mercy of a state.

  7. Too risky to let the boy live. There are no words to fully express my rage. I used to think (note: used to) that things like this wouldn’t be possible here, but if the SCOTUS somehow rescues Obamacare from the ashes, this is what we all face.

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