Saturday, April 23, 2011

Baby Joseph Is Breathing On His Own

The baby defied all those who regarded him as a write-off by being able to breathe completely on his own:
On behalf of Baby Joseph’s family, Brother O’Donnell told LifeSiteNews that that their son was weaned off ventilator support 12 days ago and has been successfully breathing on his own since then.

Baby Joseph, who has been at the center of an international right-to-life debate over the past few months, has defied critics by responding so well to treatment. After the Ontario hospital treating Joseph’s progressive and terminal neurological disease threatened to remove his life support against his parents’ wishes earlier this year, pro-life groups rallied to Joseph’s cause.
“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.

“We don’t have to answer their criticism; Joseph is doing that for us, with every breath he takes,” continued Fr. Pavone. “Baby Joseph’s victory over the culture of death is especially powerful now, as we prepare for Easter, a time when Christians everywhere celebrate Jesus’ victory over death.”
I wonder what will be the reaction of all those involved in the case when they hear the news about baby Joseph. Of those "doctors" that didn't care about their little patient, that kept refusing to perform much needed surgery, insisting on removing the baby's life instead; of those judges that, by siding with the hospital, practically handed down a death sentence for an innocent baby; of all those who up until the last minute tried to block the baby's transfer to a US hospital, who wanted an implied "right to die" to become a duty...

Will they realize how close they came to murdering an innocent baby? Will they regret their attempts to deliberately kill him just weeks ago? Or will they try to justify their actions by claiming that baby Joseph isn't much more than a "blob of tissue" and that his life wasn't as valuable as the life of some other patient who needed the hospital bed and the equipment then used by baby Joseph?...

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