By Charlie Johnston
Young Joey Cronin is now safely at Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, New Jersey (it is a tiny suburb of Newark and the hospital commonly is identified as being near the larger town of New Brunswick, New Jersey). If you want to send cards or notes, the address is 150 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, New Jersey 07092.
Joey was transported today, leaving at 8 a.m. His father, George, is with him and they are thankfully, just about a half hour away from his namesake grandfather. It was a friend of Joe, the grandfather, who first alerted me to all this and got it started.
His mother, Susan, is with the three other kids in Corpus Christi, getting things set up for a foundation for Joey to help with all of the expenses – and getting things in order. The family plan is for all to move to New Jersey. Hopefully, George will be able to transfer in his job, which is with the post office as a mechanic for their trucks.
After the Novena is finished tomorrow, I will ultimately put up a permanent link at the top bar, with links to the foundation and news on his ongoing progress. I am going to have to start calling young Joey Joseph. George told me today that some time ago, during a routine doctor visit, the doctor said something to “Joey.” The boy scowled and pointedly informed the doctor that his name is “Joseph.” While George was talking to me today, he said Joey was twitching and his leg was moving – he figured Joseph was saying hi to me. I said hi right back at him.
There are several organizations that stepped up big-time to make this happen. One that I have not yet mentioned is the Texas Center for the Defense of Life. (TCDL) When the Washington-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) sought to go in and get the restraining order to keep Joseph alive, they needed local lawyers on the ground because of the emergency nature. The TCDL was the organization which actually went to court and secured the order. They are a non-profit organization that acts pro bono – and it was the third such end-of-life case in which they have intervened in the last year. Thanks must also go to the Texas Right to Life, which had begun effectively seeking arrangements for a transfer just before I heard about all this. In fact, they were the ones who cleared the way for the potential transfer to a hospital in Houston. It may seem moot now that Joseph actually ended up in a New Jersey hospital, but it was absolutely critical at the time when the restraining order was sought. It was extremely helpful for the judge to know that there were hospitals aware of Joseph’s condition who were aware and eager to treat him and try to help him recover.
For those of you who have a little extra cash laying around, I hope you will consider hitting the “donate” button for these organizations. They were the ones who were effectively manning their posts and getting the job done when it was needed. Without them, we could be mourning Joseph right now. They don’t just talk a good game, they live it.
God bless all of you and thank you for working together so prayerfully, profoundly, and effectively. In barely 50 hours, you mobilized on behalf of a boy that was scheduled to have life support terminated and gave him a fighting chance. God knows.