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US hospital treats Canadian boy.

ST. LOUIS * A Catholic hospital here is treating a terminally ill Canadian toddler in a case that has renewed debate over end-of-life medical treatment.

Doctors at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center on March 21 performed a tracheotomy on 13-month-old Joseph Maraachli, who has a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disease.

The child had been treated since October at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario, which refused to perform the tracheotomy, saying it is not palliative and was not medically appropriate. The Canadian hospital said its position was supported by pediatricians in Canada, the United States and Europe, Ontario's Consent and Capacity Board and the courts.

The parents, Moe Maraachli and Sana Nader, did not accept Canadian doctors' plan to take the child off assisted breathing and a feeding tube and allow him to die.

Using social media, they reached out to U.S. hospitals until Cardinal Glennon agreed to take their case. Fr. Frank Pavone's Priests for Life had the baby airlifted to St. Louis and is soliciting contributions for his care.

The child was expected to spend up to 10 day s at Cardinal Glennon.

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Title Annotation:US BRIEFS
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Geographic Code:1U4MO
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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