Baby's Fight For Life Triggers Health Care Debate

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A terminally ill 14-month-old boy who was refused medical treatment in his native country of Canada will now receive care in the United States.

Joseph Maraachli is at the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo., for a tracheotomy.

The boy is not expected to live much longer and his parents wanted the procedure done so he could die at home rather than in the hospital.

Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life paid for baby Joseph's trip. He said the ordeal speaks volumes about the downfalls of government-run health care, which is in place in Canada.

"They're adding another calculus as well saying, 'Before we decide to pay for that [treatment], we're going to evaluate whether this life is worth treating," Pavone said. "And that's very dangerous because now we're putting a price tag on human life."

"Baby Joseph tells us human life is worth the sacrifice, expense, and the struggle," he added.

Doctors hope to perform a tracheotomy on the baby by Saturday.

Click play to watch more of Father Pavone's interview that appeared on the Friday, March 18 edition of the CBN News Channel's Morning News.

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