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 hear this is a great CD... heh
Money. There was a large insurance policy that he would have had to turn over to other family if he divorced her. If she died, well, he was the beneficiary.
The fact that he was living with another woman and had children with her is proof that he should have divorced Teri if he just want to “move on”. But he wanted the insurance.
Nice try. I chose those words for their impact. You might apply your own standard, dweeb. Dehydrating an severely disabled woman causes major loss of brain tissue efficacy. Those of you who want so desperately to defend the crap told about Terri when she was executed by a circuit court order will believe crap as gospel then plead ‘no one can know for sure’ when you get called on the smell wafting from your pile of crap. Watch the video of her with the balloon ... if she isn’t following the balloon with her eyes, she is certainly responding to the direction of the voice. That is more than a brain dead person can do, though a few apparently heart dead posters are infecting FR lately.
I’ve heard it before. One note obsession with a lot of dramatic flourishes.
It's got a good beat, but I can't dance to it.
When I was born the drs said that I was in a vegetative state and counseled my mother to put me in a home. I was over 3 months old before I cried for the first time and responded to stimulation.
I'm now a wife and a mother with an IQ in the low 130's. I've been to college. (Dropped out to have babies.)
The only "issues" I have are from a fall I took when I was four and broke my back. Not paralyzed, but it does hurt quite a bit. My right hand is a bit scarred from a corn husker accident. ("If she keeps the hand, she'll never have full function." I like to cross-stitch.) Oh, and I'm nearsighted.
So let's see... according to the doctors I should be a brain damaged veggie, paralyzed from the chest down, missing my right hand.
Sorry, but I'm a walking miracle and I know I'm nothing special. Many others have survived doctor's predictions. (Therapy makes all the difference.) I don't throw in the towel until their heart's been stopped for about an hour. (My mom was dead for 20 minutes while I was being born.)
Terri was not a vegitable. “Brain Dead” was innacurate. And “vegitative” is de-humanizing. On Judgment Day,
everyone who advocated starving her to death will get
to hear from God, and from Terri herself.
If she was “brain dead,” why’d they have to dehydrate her to death? Why didn’t they just plant her in the ground?
You have an appropriate screenname. “Ghoul” would fit too.
You're quite the fount of knowledge, Dr. Mengele.
I also stated putting her to sleep would of been better than dehydration.
There is no need to be emotional about this and name calling is completely inappropriate.
1. A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans.
2. A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous.
[French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.]
The girl in that image looks familiar.
Nursing homes and rehab units are full of fully aware and sentient people with "no damage" to their throats who cannot swallow. If you want to hang anything on this particular symptom, you are barking up the wrong tree.
Most of us here are well aware that there definately is a death-culture, that demands abortion on demand, stem cell research on embrionic cells even though they show zero promise in fighting any disease, population control, environmentalism, and a host of other death promoting goals.
If you wish to bury your head in the dung heap of ignorance that is your perogative, but definately keep it to yourself.
As Grand Poobah of the FR Death Culture, he wouldn't want tto believe the truth, that's clearly in evidence. Notice how he steps in to try to control the discussion.
Are you sure you aren’t just a shell of a woman?
Where do these people get their hearts of stone?
Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Perhaps
a medical worker will realize that the next time
they feel the urge to pull the plug - there
may be far more going on that meets the eye.
Just wait until the Schindlers start killing each other off to cover up the fleecing of the public through their so called foundation.
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