Thursday, March 24, 2011

Miracles: Baby Joseph Gets Tracheotomy and is Baptized

This is truly an amazing story!  What an awesome God!  This is an example of God both hearing and answering our prayers.  It was a miracle that just hours before Baby Joseph was to be taken off of a ventilator he was rescued by a Priests for Life team headed by Fr. Frank Pavone.  A few days ago Baby Joseph was able to have a tracheotomy performed on him so that he will be able to spend his final days at home with his parents, without his life being cut short due to the reasonable procedure which was being withheld from him at a hospital in Canada.  Baby Joseph will be given the opportunity to live and spend time with his parents for about six months versus being able to live only a few days if the tracheotomy was not performed.

Baby Joseph has been Baptized! Fr. Pavone announced  “Baby Joseph was baptized just the other day, and Jerry Horn of our Priests for Life team is now his godfather.”  This is a miracle! This is indeed a momentous and glorious occasion. Baby Joseph's family are devout Muslims so in my opinion this is a miracle.  We can see the hand of God in the events that occurred with Baby Joseph and his family.  

Moe Maraachli, Joseph’s father, said in response to this week’s events: “It’s a miracle. My son now has freedom. I’m very happy. My wife and I will respect the second opinion from the hospital in St. Louis. We will accept it with all my heart because Joseph got his human right to get a chance to get a second opinion. When God wants to take his life He’ll take it and nobody can say ‘No’ to God.” 

Fr. Pavone stated “All we wanted to do was give the child reasonable care and provide the parents with a second opinion. Period. And thanks to you and the incredible support from pro-life activists all across the country, Baby Joseph got that chance!” 

These are post-surgery pictures:

Jerry Horn, Senior Vice President of Priests for Life (right) with Joseph's father, Moe.

Baby Joseph and his father, Moe

Here a couple of videos after Baby Joseph arrived at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis. He is adorable!