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.
In case you haven’t seen this thread....
Yes, she needed to rest in peace after being starved/dehydrated to death.
“Her brain was incapable of feeling pain, pleasure, or anything.” If you know this is a lie then you are part of the problem. It is definitely not the truth regarding Terri, so I prefer to see you for what you’re trying to defend. You’re a lying ghoul.
BritExPatInFla wrote, “’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.”
Terri was neither brain dead nor PVS. It is metaphysically impossible for human beings to become vegetables. Like the rest of us, no matter what her abilities or disabilities, Terri was and is in a persistent human state, she is persistently a human being. Before she was killed, doctors diagnosed her mental powers as MCS, i.e., in a minimally conscious state.
The death culture will never give up until everyone on earth has been euthanized.
Thank you pgyanke....I appreciate your fix and you for doing it. Sincerely!
Anyone, on any side of the debate, claiming ‘conclusive’ knowledge of what was taking place inside this woman’s head when she died is -at the very best- making educated guesses. There is a very good chance that Terri was incapable of ‘feeling’ anything, as indicated by her autopsy report. There is a very small chance that she was capable of feeling everything. Either way, no one knows conclusively and to claim to know the ‘truth’ is facetious.
Ridiculous fear-mongering does nothing to advance the conservative cause. There is no such thing as a ‘death-culture’ and if you insist on confusing yourself otherwise, please keep it to yourself. Making grandiose rhetorical statements only hinders understanding and knowledge.
Visitors: we have chronicled this connection from the start here on the Terri Dailies threads as we saw from the start what others including Fred did not understand back then. We knew the MSM would attach to the Terri Legacy and just not let it go, and the Fred and Terri tar baby dailies were born to record this tie as it repeated most every day since.
Pinged from Terri Dailies
When a friend told her in the final days if she could
just say she would want to live, Terri tried to jump
out of bed.
She had a meaningful relationship with her family.
Her wicked former spouse, who likely caused her
disability, killed her by starvation/dehydration.
Can you spell irony?
Considering that I was referring to myself, I find it more normal than ironic.
You certainly wouldn’t want to believe your lying ewyes, where just weeks before her execution was carried out she is seen on video to move her head and follow a balloon. No siree, got to maintain the lie at all costs.
She was killed because she was no longer a cash cow for her hino.
Regardless of what a video may or may not show, to claim that you actually know what was going on in her head is facetious. You BELIEVE she felt pain, you choose not to believe the conclusion of the autopsy that she was blind, you choose to believe that she was capable of a recovery, but you do not know these things. You need to be more careful in your word choice.
Why didn't he just divorce her and go on with his life?
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