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http://www.vancouversun.com/health/couple+appeal+bring+baby+home+dismissed/4304482/story.html

LONDON, Ont. — A Windsor, Ont. couple's fight to bring their gravely ill baby home to die ended in bitter tears Thursday when a Superior Court judge dismissed their appeal to stop doctors from removing the infant's breathing tube at the hospital.

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.

"I do my best for my baby. My son is not a criminal . . . to just let him die," dad Moe Maraachli said through tears.

Maraachli and Nader fought to bring Joseph home to Windsor so he could spend his last days surrounded by loved ones. Joseph suffers from a severe and deteriorating neurological condition that has left him in a persistent vegetative state, according to specialists in London, Ont., who've examined him. He's been at the Victoria Hospital, part of London Health Sciences Centre, since October.

Although the couple has accepted their baby boy's inevitable death, they insisted that it occur peacefully at home and not by removing his breathing tube, which will cause him to choke since he can't swallow or breathe on his own. The parents asked for a tracheotomy, which would open up a direct airway through an incision in Joseph's trachea and make it possible to bring the baby home.

But doctors refused to perform the procedure, citing serious risks of infection, pneumonia and other possible complications.

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He was in a vegetative state, I don't think it mattered if he was at home or at Disneyland. Doctors were right - they didn't refuse to let the kid go, just refused to perform an unnecessary procedure. What if the kid died on the table, would the parents sue them for "deliberately killing him early"?

Sucky situation, but no need to make it worse. He can be "surrounded by loved ones" at the hospital. In fact I'm pretty sure that happens all the time.

Oh wait this is about government health care and the impending doom of socialism sorry

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But the family wants to take him home and the Government said "no." family overruled by panel, never happen here.

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I think you are wrong. The article seems to say the doctors refused to perform the procedure.

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Man what kind of world would we live in when government can't step in and overrule the doctors' decisions?

Thanks for pointing this out, Jangler. If only Canada's government could be as overbearing as ours was during the Terri Schiavo case.

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That was wrong too. never said it wasn't. Oh but because it was a Bush I must have agreed with it...

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Comments on the “Save baby Joseph” Facebook page read like prayers -- many challenge doctors’ opinions and evoke biblical passages for support.

Will Jeesus pick him up and deliver him to the miracle land known as Detroit?

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So then you agree with the Canadian Government's decision to not overrule the doctors and this whole thread is fuging pointless.

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Will the baby be coming home to die?

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Note: This whole thread is based on Jangler's miscomprehension of an article and will continue simply out of his embarrassment and stubborn refusal to admit he misread it.

Continue.

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Or your defense of Government rum healthcare Government run lives and deaths.

<Mediamatters talking points>

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mmmm rum.

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