Baby Joseph Still On Breathing Machine Following Tracheotomy

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  A terminally ill thirteen month old Canadian baby remains at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center following surgery earlier this week to place him on a permanent breathing machine.  

Baby Joseph is likely to be in the pediatric intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon for the next seven to ten days, which is typical for children who have received a tracheotomy.

He is listed in serious but stable condition. 

This case grabbed international attention after his parents went against his Canadian doctors plan and a court ruling to remove him from life support.

Baby Joseph suffers from a genetic condition known as Leigh Syndrome, which is a progressive neurologic disease without a cure.

Doctors at Cardinal Glennon agreed to give Baby Joseph a tracheotomy to extend his lifespan, so he would be able to return to his Ontario home with his parents to spend their final months together.

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