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What Would You Do if You Were Baby Joseph's Mom?

What Would You Do if You Were Baby Joseph's Mom?

What Would You Do if You Were Baby Joseph's Mom?

Here's a situation none of us want to imagine ourselves in: Moe and Sana Maraachli, the parents of "Baby Joseph," a one year-old from Canada with a deteriorating neurological condition, had him transferred yesterday to a hospital in St. Louis, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Their hope, CNN reports, is that he will receive an operation in St. Louis that has been denied him in Canada, a tracheotomy. With the surgery and the help of a mechanical breathing apparatus, his parents would be able to take him home.

Joseph's Canadian doctor refused to do the operation, saying there was no further hope for recovery and recommending that Joseph's "breathing tube be removed and he be allowed to die."

The Maraachlis don't seem hopeful that their son will recover, but want him to be able to die at home rather than in the hospital. Others say that the decision is not entirely theirs to make, since society will shoulder the cost of care should Joseph survive for a long time on life support.

How do you think you would feel as a parent in this situation?

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Jayoweta Jayoweta 5 years
this is a really devastating story and am really sorry about Joseph's illness...i wd not believe that my son is going to die to end. i wd keep doing my best to keep my lil angle loved, warm n peaceful.... And again,Miracles do happen and am actually hoping for one from God for little Joseph!
CandiceBrophy CandiceBrophy 5 years
I would do everything in my power to save my child, irrespective of the percentages for survival or recovery.
olabisioyesaga olabisioyesaga 5 years
i am sure i wont be alrite allthru the trying time and even after,BUT I BELIEVE IN GOD AND I BELIEVE THERE IS NOTHING HE CANT DO,HIS POWER IS FAR BEYOND WHAT SCIENTISTS/MEDICAL PRACTITIONAL CAN DO OR SAY.i just want them to av hope in GOD.
CoMMember13613649518 CoMMember13613649518 5 years
its a really sad situation, but if it was my child i would do anything in my power to search nd do what ever it takes . just reading it ,tears start to run down ,have faith in god he is our only healer, and goodluck in wat ever decision you make god bless u nd ur family.
ClarisaEmerson ClarisaEmerson 5 years
I could never imagine how I would react unless I was in the position. My heart is broken for this family. Death = Peace
DaniFaucher DaniFaucher 5 years
I live in the Canadian city where he was being cared for. We have heard much more of the story than what may be being reported elsewhere. The Canadian hospital offered to transfer him home with a doctor and nurse attending and remove the tube there. This offer was rejected. The parents want the tracheotomy that their daughter (with the same condition) was given 8 years ago. Apparently, the medical opinion of treatment of this condition has changed since then. It is considered invasive and just one more trauma for him to undergo. Don't think the hospital staff are heartless in all this. They want the best treatment for him too. This sort of situation becomes very personal for ALL involved. I have 3 little kids, I can't imagine what decision my partner and I would make if it happened to us. What incredible stress and grief, I can only guess at. However, there is more to this story than just emotional headlines. Please consider that in your responses.
TeejayTrimble TeejayTrimble 5 years
This is the PARENTS and MOTHERS RIGHT. If anyone thinks they have any right to stick there nose into this poor mothers business they must have their heads screwed on upside-down and back-to-front. I would be happy to know that my tax paying dollars are helping if not only slightly to help sick children and their parents. What I think is a disgrace is our tax paying money being spent on new roads and new islands for the middle of roads when they were only rebuilt 5 years ago or so. Our tax paying dollars goes into lots of investments that fail, literally throwing our money away. And then we pay more tax so that the governent can spend it on another flawed scheme or another damn road island smack bang outside your house drive way. (and im sure you didnt agree with spending your t.p.m on that one!) Its great that our money is being used for for this family (and others), for good and it is beneficial. To ourselves as people and to the familys being effected. If you dont get to have an opinion on that -stupid new road being put in that will cost 6billion dollars- ór something as atrocious', then you dont as a person have the right to an opinon over this. Which is not only a money issue but an emotional, family and humanitarian issue. It is THE MOTHERS RIGHT. It is HER CHILD. And the fact that sopme people think that THEY have even a voice in this is ridiculous. Some people just dont have hearts. I can only imagine her situation and I know i will never know what she is going through. She is oviously very strong and needs support from friends, family and oviously the tax paying public. What she does not need is people standing in her way. Where were they when she concieved the child? and when she carried it for nine months, nourishing it in everyway? And when SHE pushed it out of HER body? But they think they have a choice in HER life? It just makes me sick absoloutly sick. I hope all the best for this poor mother and child. I really do.
AlexandraConnelly AlexandraConnelly 5 years
As a parent of a child that spent many days and close to months in a Childrens NICU I feel for Josephs parents. I understand how difficult it can be to understand the Dr's decisions and recomendations, but as a parent you will do anything to help your child. My husband and I fought to have our child moved from a private hospital to a Children's and thankfully God and the doctors at Rady's Childrens Hospital were able to give our little girl new life and we were allowed to share in the beauty of her life. Parents will do anything possisble for their children.
AlexandraConnelly AlexandraConnelly 5 years
As a parent of a child that spent many days and close to months in a Childrens NICU I feel for Josephs parents. I understand how difficult it can be to understand the Dr's decisions and recomendations, but as a parent you will do anything to help your child. My husband and I fought to have our child moved from a private hospital to a Children's and thankfully God and the doctors at Rady's Childrens Hospital were able to give our little girl new lifels and we were allowed to share in the beauty of her life. Parents will do anything possisble for their children.
MelissaRanum MelissaRanum 5 years
I pray for this family and for this mother. I would do whatever needed to keep my child comfortable and would probably do anything that I could...my heart and prayers go out to this family....
JennHutzenbiler JennHutzenbiler 5 years
I think the parents hsould be able to do wahtever it is they think is best for their child and themselves. I could not imagine having to go through that.
CoMMember1363110373587 CoMMember1363110373587 5 years
this is something no-one can give an opinion on unless they have been in the same situation....it would be devastating to imagine being here - I'm thankful all my children are OK...& all but one of my grandchildren is OK...the other has survived the odds...I'm not able to make a definitive comment here - the parents will do what they consider right for their baby & whatever they decide WILL BE RIGHT !
DeinaCoats DeinaCoats 5 years
That sounds a lot like physician assisted suicide on the Canadian doctors behalf, As a parent I would fight for my child's very last breath. From the start to the end, It is and always would be in God's hand ;not man.... If it were me and my child. I'll pray for this family because the decision is a hard one to make.
JackieJacobson JackieJacobson 5 years
I don't think i could let him die at all. But understand the other side of the situation too. Gratefull that I don't have to make that decision and pray I will not have too!!!!
LaurieStewart15398 LaurieStewart15398 5 years
I agree, this is not something any person can answer unless they are in it. Notwithstanding, the parents should be allowed to be at home with their son until he passes. Blessings to this family in this most difficult time!
LizFreeberg LizFreeberg 5 years
Why put that poor child through any more pain and suffering. My Dad had a DNR and as sad as it was to let him go, prolonging his condition would have put him through too much. I would have them take the tube out, hold him close, pray and cry; and let him go.
MelIncerpiLings MelIncerpiLings 5 years
heartbreaking. they should be allowed to take him home and what will be will be
MarilynJCook MarilynJCook 5 years
Let the wee man go home to be at peace when he passes on.
lorimaranda lorimaranda 5 years
he's so beautiful ♥ i can't imagine how difficult this is for his family. he should be at home with his mommy & daddy. love & strength to Moe and Sana Maraachli. love & wishes for a peaceful life & death for baby Joseph.
SobethCrook SobethCrook 5 years
I would do the same thing they are doing.
HeidiMcGuire63242 HeidiMcGuire63242 5 years
It truely is up to God when baby Joseph should go home. God gave some people the gift to be a dr. Some dr. have to be reminded they are not God. Seems like to me the dr. in Canada should be reminded of that! Sounds like he is pretty heartless. How sad that baby Joseph's family even had to deal with him. Life is a gift and should be treasured.
AnyaHeiting AnyaHeiting 5 years
Let baby Joseph's mommy and daddy do what they feel is right for their child. God bless this family for having the hardest choice any parent can have. My heart and prayers gO out to them.
KathrynNixon KathrynNixon 5 years
It sounds like the doctor IS following the first do no harm tenet. This often means that is unethical to perform painful procedures on those with no help for recovery. Prolonging life in this fashion only causes more suffering for the child. It he were my son, I would rather he die peacefully in the hospital than endure another surgery.
ChacityPhillips ChacityPhillips 5 years
I would be furious. Whose decision is it to make but the parents? Noones!
MelissaBurtle MelissaBurtle 5 years
As this child's parent's they should do what they feel is the best for their son. As a parent to a special needs child it is my husband and my choices as to what type of medical care our son gets. Let these ppl do what they feel is the best. It's already hard on them don't make it worse.
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