Skip to comments.Terri Schiavo Was Not Brain Dead
Posted on 11/19/2007 1:25:59 PM PST by Tlaloc
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- Yesterday on This Week, George Stephanopoulos, in an interview with Senator Fred Thompson, commented that Terri Schiavo's autopsy proved she was "brain dead." The New York Times also reported on this interview, repeating that the autopsy proved Terri was "brain dead."
This is patently false and Terri's family is requesting that the media immediately stop using this offensive and inaccurate expression to describe her condition.
Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler, says, "Brain death is an authentic diagnosis, not some catch phrase that should be loosely used based upon a 'summary of widespread response' or opinions that have been written about my sister. We are requesting that the media take a few minutes to research the facts regarding Terri's case and, more importantly, her condition. In doing so they would learn that not one doctor ever diagnosed Terri as being 'brain-dead.' This includes those who wrote her autopsy report. All of this information is easily available and accessible."
Rarely, if ever, mentioned in media reports are the more than 40 doctors' affidavits submitted to the court that either contradicted that Terri was in a so-called PVS or stated that she could have been helped with proper rehabilitation.
The media also fails to report the medical records confirming that Terri at one time was beginning to speak, or the videos of Terri interacting with her family and her surroundings, all of which prove that she was very much alive, and very much responsive
Schindler added, "This has been a major problem with the mainstream media not just that they are writing that Terri was brain dead, but how they continue to inaccurately and irresponsibly report blatant falsehoods regarding my sister's condition."
Schiavo's autopsy itself proved that, prior to her death, she was never dying, was physically healthy and would have lived a long life had she not been dehydrated over a period of two weeks. Furthermore, the autopsy was unable to determine whether or not Terri was actually in a persistent vegetative state, as her estranged husband, Michael Schiavo, and his attorney claimed in their quest to have her killed.
Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri's sister, adds, "If the media took the time to research Terri's case, perhaps they would understand that she was simply a woman living with a disability, just like the 50 million persons living with a disability in our country today, and was in need of only love and compassion. The media's continuing quest to somehow justify her death is offensive to her memory and even more offensive to the tens of thousands of people who live with cognitive disabilities similar to Terri's."
"Terri was a daughter, a sister and a friend who was loved by many who feel the pain of her loss every single day. She was guilty only of having a brain injury and being dependent on others for her care. Sadly, in today's culture, this was not enough to save her from being killed," said Vitadamo. "My sister fell victim to an ever-growing and dangerous 'quality of life' standard used to decide whether one should live or die."
About the Schindler Family: Mary and Robert Schindler as well as Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo and Bobby Schindler now work for The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation in St. Petersburg, Florida, an organization dedicated to promoting the Culture of Life, embracing the true meaning of compassion by opposing the practice of euthanasia.
I would love to know who the Shindler’s are supporting for President!!!! I hope it would be Duncan!!!
OUR ONCE FINE country allowed a person to STARVE because her HINO wanted her dead......God help us.
“Brain Dead” was a stupid and inaccurate phrase to use. Persistent Vegitative State is a much better description of what this poor shell of a woman was at the time she was finally allowed to rest in peace.
unfortunately it would most likely be Fred Thompson because he’s the one talking about her... (Not that Fred’s a bad choice, I just think we can do much better with Duncan Hunter...)
Fixed it for ya there...
Correction. Make that, “.. finally starved to death by Judaical tyrants.”
Atty. Gwyneth Stanley - $10,668.05
Atty. Deborah Bushnell - $65,607.00
Atty. Steve Nilson - $7,404.95
Atty. Pacarek - $1,500.00
Atty. Richard Pearse (GAL) - $4,511.95
Atty. George Felos - $397,249.99
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Terry Schiavo’s death = murder by judicial fiat.
Now now. Let's not bring religion into this. As far as we know they could have been Christian.
She wasn’t “allowed to rest in peace.” She was starved to death. People in her exact condition have been known to return to consciousness, and this dear lady expressed humor, sadness, and interest—to name a few indicators of consciousness—before being starved to death. But then, she was SUCH an inconvenience to her “husband,” who wanted to get on with his life-—without her.
Because a spouse can contest the will and you have little to defend yourself other than your words on paper.
In my case, I have, not only signed certified documentation, but video related to the Will itself.
Personally, life in a vegatated state, is not life. It's existence, and with what I have been blessed to see, and experience, it would be a fate worse than death.
I spell checker in that hands of a mental midget is a dangerous thing.
Thank you. My thoughts exactly!
It is a fearsome thing to go to the brink of killing in order to save life but it is also a very fearsome thing to watch someone die of dehydration because of inaction. I think the Schiavo case has damaged this country immeasurably and is a more deliberate and embarrassing stain on our reputation than My Lai.
Such things just cannot happen in this country and yet it did happen. I should have done something.
I don’t take any position on this case, but the autopsy seems to indicate PVS, dehydration, blindness.
The autopsy report. Has it been disputed?
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