The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Joins Fight to Save Baby Joseph

February 25, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (MetroCatholic) -  An infinitely precious innocent life hangs in the balance, as a family is pitted against the medical establishment in a battle for the life of their little boy. The Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network is entering the battle and stands with the family of Baby Joseph Maraachli. Bobby Schindler meets with the family of baby Joseph who is pleading with the hospital to bring the sick child home during his last days. The hospital is fighting to remove Joseph’s life sustaining treatment.

“It is unacceptable for Canadian Health Allocation Officials and/or the Canadian Government to make decisions for Joseph that will end his life and deny the wishes of his loving parents,” says Suzanne Vitadamo, spokesperson for the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network (and Terri’s sister). “Every patient, regardless of age, has a right to proper and dignified health care. It is frightening to once again see government usurp the God given rights of parents to love and care for their child at home, especially when the child is dying.”

Vitadamo went on to say “this is alarming. No hospital has the right to end the life of a child. It’s the parent’s right to bring Joseph home and care for him if they choose. How do parents lose their choice in such a tender matter?”

Terri’s Network urges everyone to keep baby Joseph and his entire family in their prayers.

The Network was established due to the increasing need to help families of vulnerable patients facing crisis situations like this. If anyone knows of a medical facility that would accept baby Joseph on a transfer please contact Terri’s Network at 1-855-300-HOPE (4673).

About Terri’s Network:
Terri’s Network was established by the family members of Terri Schiavo to protect the rights of people with cognitive disabilities. It has communicated with and supported more than 1,000 families, and has been involved in hundreds of cases since Terri’s Death. Terri’s Network was the recipient of the Gerard Health Foundation Life Prizes Award for their efforts in protecting the value and dignity of the profoundly brain injured.

You can visit Terri’s Network ( to learn more about defending the medically vulnerable. Terri’s website provides suggestions for observing Terri’s Day and how to get involved.


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