Skip to comments.Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Leads Covert Mission to Rescue Baby Joseph
Posted on 03/14/2011 5:12:06 AM PDT by NYer
Baby Joseph being put on the plane for transport to the United States
STATEN ISLAND, March 14, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Under cover of darkness, Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, arrived in Ontario, Canada, Sunday night to rescue Baby Joseph Maraachli from the London Health Sciences Centre. For two weeks, doctors at the hospital in London, Ontario, have been delaying the baby's transfer to a hospital where efforts to save his life will not be officially labeled "futile."
"I knew, after this dragged on day after day, that I needed to be here myself to get Baby Joseph to safety," said Father Pavone. "He needs to be in a hospital that cherishes life over the bottom line. After around-the-clock negotiations, this really became a race against time." Father Pavone was accompanied by Priests for Life staff, who were there to assure the transfer proceeded smoothly.
Baby Joseph and his father, Moe Maraachli, were flown with Father Pavone to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., on a specially equipped air ambulance provided by Michigan-based Kalitta Charters, and sponsored and paid for by the New York City-based Priests for Life.
"If there is a chance this boy can live, we have to explore every option," said Father Pavone, who was to arrive back home in New York earlier today after weekend speaking engagements in Cleveland. Instead, he flew to Detroit and then on to Canada, vowing not to leave the country until he had Baby Joseph and his father with him.
"Priests for Life staff toiled through the night for many nights, working in concert with dozens of people to make this possible," Father Pavone said of the nighttime rescue mission. "Now that we have won the battle against the medical bureaucracy in Canada, the real work of saving Baby Joseph can begin."
Father Pavone said Baby Joseph's transfer was accomplished through the efforts of a number of people, including his parents; family spokesman Sam Sansalone; family attorney Claudio Martini; Bobby Schindler of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Dr. Martin McCaffrey, a neonatologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Medical School; the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., and attorney CeCe Heil from the American Center for Law and Justice, also in D.C. Father Frank also thanked the many other Canadian pro-life groups and individuals who have been consistent and heroic in their advocacy for Baby Joseph and for all the vulnerable.
"We are united across national boundaries to continue to work together for a Culture of Life," Father Pavone said.
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center opened in 1956 and was named in memory of Cardinal John Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis from 1903 until his death in 1946. The hospital was a fulfillment of Cardinal Glennon's vision of a health-care facility open to all children in need of medical care. The hospital is part of SSM Healthcare, which is run by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The system has 19 acute-care hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.
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just WOWSER! good news.
God bless this good man.
rescued from goverment misscare........and we who will come to rescue us? obamacaredeathpanels await us with no one left to rescue us......we will have to fight it now, before we get too weak.
God bless baby Joseph and God bless Father Frank!!!
Hooray! I’d jump up and cheer but my baby is sleeping next to me right now. I’m so relieved for this whole family!
God bless this priest. He has been a courageous fighter against the evils of abortion also.
The Canada “Death Panels” - coming soon to a neighborhood near us - courtesy of Obama.
This is a very emotional event. I’m so relieved for Baby Joseph. I’m also reminded how it felt to believe Terri was going to be rescued, and then find out it was just a cruel joke. If not for Terri Schiavo, I doubt anyone would have known how to save Baby Joseph. Until she was murdered with such public fanfare I would have never believed it could happen. Thank God for this miracle!
Do you have a ping list of death mongers, so we can watch them cry and curse the ground we walk on?
Wow. I’m overwhelmed. This is amazing! God bless Father Frank Pavone.
I second what you said.
God bless them all.
The past few days they have seemed more concerned about the fact that a LEGAL immigrant wasn't going to be starved and dehydrated to death by a PRIVATE hospital.
Joy at this news.
But how was this covert in any way?
There is nothing suggesting the baby was stolen or otherwise taken under false pretenses from the hospital.