Canadian baby recovering from tracheotomy

Friday, March 25, 2011 | 8:01 a.m. CDT; updated 9:58 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 25, 2011

ST. LOUIS — The Canadian baby at the center of an end-of-life dispute is recovering after receiving a tracheotomy at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis.

The hospital said Joseph Maraachli is making progress toward the goal of going home to Canada. The procedure was performed earlier this week in St. Louis after the Ontario hospital where Joseph had been treated since October refused and planned to remove him from life support.

Joseph, born in January 2010, has Leigh syndrome, a fatal neurological condition. His parents said they believe the breathing tube doctors inserted could extend his life as much as six months.

Joseph is expected to stay at Cardinal Glennon for about a week, then go to Ranken Jordan, a pediatric specialty hospital in suburban St. Louis, before eventually going home.

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