ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The child known as Baby Joseph has left St. Louis to return home to Canada.
Fifteen-month-old Joseph Maraachli left Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in St. Louis on Thursday and flew with his family to their home in Ontario, exactly one month after the child received a tracheotomy aimed at extending his life.
Joseph suffers from the progressive neurological disease Leigh Syndrome. Doctors in Canada refused to perform the tracheotomy, saying it was futile because the child's disease is terminal, and an Ontario court decided doctors could remove the child's breathing tube.
His family sought help from American hospitals, and Cardinal Glennon agreed to treat Joseph.
The hospital said the tracheotomy was a success and Joseph has been breathing without a ventilator for more than a week.
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