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A 13-month-old Canadian boy known as Baby Joseph has received a tracheotomy and is expected to remain in pediatric intensive care in St. Louis for seven to 10 days.
Joseph Maraachli underwent the procedure Monday after arriving last week at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. The Catholic hospital agreed to treat him after his doctors at an Ontario hospital determined that he was in a permanent vegetative state and in deteriorating condition.
The child known as Baby Joseph is now receiving care at a Catholic hospital in the U.S. after doctors in Canada sought to remove the breathing tube keeping him alive.
Joseph Maraachli is 13 months old and suffers from a neurodegenerative disease. The child had been hospitalized since October at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario.
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