Friday, February 18, 2011

Die, Baby Joseph, Die: THIS is Government-run Health Care [UPDATED]

It doesn't get any more simple than this:

"The father and relatives of one-year-old Joseph Maraachli wept outside a London courthouse after an emotional Justice Helen Rady upheld the earlier decision of an independent provincial tribunal forcing the baby's parents to comply with doctors' orders.

With all of their legal avenues exhausted, the family will have to say goodbye to Joseph Monday morning — on Family Day — when his breathing tube will be removed

Asking for some nod to compassion, Baby Joseph's father asked the court to allow the infant to have a tracheotomy, so that he could die without the horrific struggle that will mark his end when the breathing tube is removed.

Of course, this is the Government, and in typical Government logic...wait for it...the Government:

"refused to [allow doctors to] perform the procedure, citing serious risks of infection, pneumonia and other possible complications."

You know those condemned prisoners, the ones who murdered their helpless victims? I've often wondered why, in all the movies that depict "the needle," the executioner swabs the site. Why is that, I ponder? After all, he's being put to death.

I guess that's how the Canadian Government views Baby Joseph, too.

Oh, but don't get too worked up. After all, that's Canada - it'll never happen here.



[Hat Tip: RWN]

UPDATE (2/21/11): Thanks to reader "visceralrebellion" in the comments, we learn that Baby Joseph is to be spared the agony wished upon him by the Canadian "health care" system:

"Joseph Maraachli of Windsor, Ontario, who was to have his life support removed Monday at 10 am. against his parents’ wishes, will now not die on the day that Ontario residents celebrate as Family Day. A hustle by pro-life and anti-euthanasia groups resulted in a change in legal counsel, which has led to at least a temporary stay of removal of the child’s ventilator."

This in no way vitiates the evil decision made in the first place, and there is little hope that Baby Joseph will live a long and healthy life, but it seems to vindicate those of us who raised our voices in protest at the inhumane treatment inflicted upon Baby Joseph and his family.
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