Terminally ill Canadian boy has tracheotomy in Mo.

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:58 PM
Terminally ill Canadian boy has tracheotomy in Mo.

Hospital officials say doctors in St. Louis have given a terminally ill Canadian toddler a tracheotomy in hopes of extending the boy's life by at least a few months.

The 13-month-old's parents brought him to Missouri last week after an Ontario court decided doctors could remove the child's breathing tube.

Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center agreed to treat Joseph Maraachli (Muh-RAHSH'-lee) after doctors in Ontario determined he was in a permanent vegetative state and deteriorating condition.

Cardinal Glennon said Monday that Joseph suffers from the progressive neurological disease Leigh Syndrome. The Catholic hospital says Joseph is expected to remain in pediatric intensive care for seven to 10 days before getting treatment at a pediatric specialty hospital in St. Louis.

He'll then return to his family's home in Windsor, Ontario.