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August 2008

Terri Schiavo's Death and the Misdiagnosis of a Persistent Vegetative State

by Dr. Michael Egnor

8-12-08 --  LifeNews.com Note: Michael Egnor, M.D. is professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook and an award-winning brain surgeon who has been named one of New York's best doctors by New York Magazine. This editorial may not necessarily represent the views of LifeNews.com. . . . Yale neurologist Dr. Steven Novella and I have been involved in a vigorous discussion (example here) of the mind-brain problem in science and philosophy. There are real-world implications of our understanding of the mind, and nowhere are these implications more important than in the medical management of people with severe brain damage. . . . Dr. Novella recently posted a commentary on the Terri Schiavo case. Dr. Novella’s post was prompted by a study just published in the journal Neurology that analyzes the media coverage of the affair and offers suggestions as to how experts and journalists can convey the truth of such complex cases to the public more effectively. These are laudable goals. . . . The crux of the matter, of course, is this: what are the facts in the Schiavo case, and, more generally, what are the real issues involved in the diagnosis of persistent vegetative state (PVS)?  . . . Dr. Novella and I see things quite differently. . . . I am a neurosurgeon, and I believe that the diagnosis of persistent vegetative state, in Ms. Schiavo’s case specifically and in other cases more generally, is of dubious validity. . . . "Persistent vegetative state," defined succinctly but accurately, is the denial of subjective experience in a brain-damaged human being. PVS is the medical assertion that a human being is an object, but not a subject. . . . PVS is the only modern medical diagnosis that denies the personhood of a patient, and thus is fraught with logical and ethical problems. . . . Furthermore, patients diagnosed with PVS are precisely those patients in whom discernment of awareness is most unreliable.


March 2008

Remember Terri, 3 years after 'deliberate dehydration'
'Her death was beginning of a new chapter in the movement'

© 2008 WorldNetDaily

03-31-08 -- Family members and friends of a brain-injured Florida woman who died after U.S. courts allowed her husband to deprive her of food and water are launching an effort to observe "Terri's Day" each March 31, in recognition of the anniversary of her "death by deliberate dehydration," says a priest who is a pro-life activist. . . . "This third anniversary should be an occasion for all of us to both remember the injustice done to Terri, and reach out to others with prayer and concrete action when they need the kind of help Terri needed," said Bobby Schindler, Terri's brother.

Schiavo, on whom WND reported extensively, died of starvation and dehydration in March 2005, two weeks after a federal judge ruled her husband could order doctors to withhold food and water. . . . Her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, battled unsuccessfully through Florida's state courts and federal courts to spare her life. She was not on artificial life support but needed a feeding tube to eat and drink, a measure her husband opposed. . . . Congress got involved by allowing the Schindlers to argue their case in federal court after their appeals in state courts failed. The Senate approved by unanimous consent a compromise plan that the House later endorsed and President Bush signed.


Did Terri die for the greater good?
By: Diana Lynne © 2008 

03-31-08 -- Terri Schiavo became a household name because of her death three years ago. While millions around the world are now familiar with the demise of the 41-year-old brain-injured Florida woman, comparatively few had heard of her before her death. Fewer still knew of Terri prior to media coverage of the life-and-death tug of war between her husband on one side and her parents and siblings on the other. . . . Terri Schiavo had no say in her famous death because she neither could speak for herself nor prepared a living will prior to her still-unexplained collapse in 1990 that led to her brain injury. . . . Michael Schiavo ultimately prevailed in the 12-year court battle. Probate Judge George Greer issued the death warrant Schiavo sought by not only ordering the removal of the feeding tube surgically attached to Terri's stomach, but also by barring the oral administration of so much as an ice chip. Greer effectively ordered Terri to death by be dehydration and starvation for an agonizing 13 days. . . . Terri's death defines her. In a way, we are all defined by our death. All of us desire to have a "good death." What this means depends upon the worldview to which we subscribe. . . . For those who believe in eternal life through Christ, a "good death" would be one in which the individual is united with our Creator before being called home. The end of temporal life on Earth marks the beginning of eternity in heaven. This view acknowledges that God is all knowing and powerful, and that every human life created has intrinsic dignity that is never lost.


Terri Schiavo: My Sister's Regret

By Bobby Schindler

03-31-08 -- Recently, and for the second time in less than a year, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama stated that his greatest regret as a Senator was not objecting to a vote that was intended to help save my sister from being dehydrated to death. . . . Senator Obama went so far as to say that this type of “inaction” (failure to speak out against the Senate’s unanimous consent to allow Terri the same due process allowed the most vicious of criminals) can sometimes prove to be just as costly as taking action. One has to wonder what could possibly have been “more costly” than the loss of innocent human life. . . . At a Democratic rally in Florida in February 2006, Senator Hillary Clinton scolded the Republicans in an effort to single them out for intervening in Terri’s situation, even though the effort to save her passed the Senate with bi-partisan support. . . . In an August 2006 interview with Esquire Magazine, Senator John McCain said the following: “I understand the frustrations a lot of Republicans feel. We’re not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about Ms. Schiavo before we worry about balancing the budget.” . . . One of these candidates will be our next President, and the fact that they can make such statements with little to no fanfare from our secular media, or any noticeable outrage from the general public, is a chilling reminder of how far we have drifted as a nation. . . . It would be interesting to see if there would have been a similar reaction—or lack of one—if, at the time of Senator McCain’s service to his country, a ranking U.S. senator made this comment: “I understand the frustrations a lot of Americans feel. We’re not representing their hopes and dreams and aspirations. We worry about saving POWs like John McCain before we worry about balancing the budget.”


Terri’s Legacy Lives–The World Remembers

Commentary By June Maxam

03-30-08 -- It hardly seems possible that it was three years ago today, March 31, 2005, that Terri Schindler Schiavo died at age 41. Thirteen days earlier, on March 18, 2005, the long, painful and barbaric process of the court-ordered execution by starvation of brain injured Terri had begun when her heavily conflicted husband, Michael Schiavo who had much to gain by her death removed her feeding tube which provided her nutrition and hydration.  . . . Terri Schiavo had committed no crime.  She was disabled, she just received food and water in an alternative manner than the norm. Judge George Greer, the executioner, had even refused to allow that Terri be given food and water by natural means after the feeding tube had been removed. Florida Statutes specifically prohibit anyone from denying an individual food and water. . . . Many called it court-sanctioned murder and it has set a dangerous precedent for the rest of the country that family members or guardians who believe an individual can no longer be productive in society can simply get a court order to end their life. . . . Terri Schiavo had collapsed at her home under suspicious circumstances in 1990 at age 26 after a day of argument with her husband. After he received more than $2 million from medical malpractice settlements, he withdrew all rehabilitation services from Terri and petitioned the Probate Court of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Greer to withdraw her feeding tube, willfully and intentionally causing her death by dehydration over a torturous 13 days as the whole world watched, preposterously claiming that it was Terri’s wish to die that way.


Barack Obama vs. Terri Schiavo

By Nat Hentoff

03-26-08 --  In none of the endless presidential candidates' debates has there been a meaningful discussion of the rights of disabled Americans. However, in the Feb. 26 debate in Cleveland, Barack Obama casually and ignorantly revealed his misunderstanding of the basic issue in the highly visible and still-resonating official death sentence of a disabled woman, Terri Schiavo. I have repeatedly called her death the result of "the longest public execution in American history." . . . When moderator Tim Russert asked Hillary Clinton and Obama if "there are any words or votes that you'd like to take back ... in your careers in public service," Obama answered that in his first year in the Senate, he joined an agreement "that allowed Congress to interject itself (in the Schiavo case) into the decision-making process of the families." . . . Obama added: 'I think that was a mistake, and I think the American people understood that was a mistake. And as a constitutional law professor, I knew better."


Schiavo Foundation Launches Weekly Radio Show

North Country Gazette

03-07-08 -- A new weekly radio show designed to educate Americans about their health care rights as well as protecting themselves and loved ones who may be sick or disabled from the threat of euthanasia will be launched by the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, March 15. . . . The Foundation, a non-profit group dedicated to ensuring the rights of disabled, elderly and vulnerable citizens against care rationing, euthanasia and medical killing will present a live radio program, “America’s Lifeline”.  The Foundation-sponsored weekly one hour talk radio program will originate from the Tampa studios for Talk Radio 860 WGUL, a Salem Communications station. . . . America’s Lifeline will also be streamed worldwide via the internet at http://860wgul.townhall.com/.  The program is poised to expand into other Florida radio markets including Orlando and Miami.



March 2007

Media Bias In Schiavo Case Continues
Commentary By June Maxam

3-23-07 -- When the St. Petersburg Times published an article on March 10, entitled "An exit of her choosing: unafraid and in control", it compared the death of octogenarian Adelaide R. Snyder to that of Terri Schiavo, the woman who was court ordered to die by removal of all hydration and sustenance because her husband said that's what she would have wanted. http://www.sptimes.com/2007/03/10/Opinion/An_exit_of_her_choosi.shtml . . . Terri didn't have a written will at the time she was suddenly and still inexplicably stricken at the age of 26 on Feb. 25, 1990, causing incapacitating brain injuries. Her family and friends who knew her best, and even Terri's own demonstrated quest for life, overcoming her husband's previous attempts to end her life, indicated her will to live. But the court believed the self-serving hearsay "evidence" of her heavily conflicted husband, Michael Schiavo, and ordered her death. . . . Joleigh Little of Solon Springs, WI, read the article and took issue with it, writing a letter to the editor to the St. Petersburg Times, who refused to publish it.

To The Editor:
I was sorry to read online about the death of Adelaide R. Snyder in "An exit of her choosing: unafraid and in control.". . . However, your paper is inappropriately comparing her situation with that of Terri Schiavo, implying that the two were somehow similar. They were not even remotely alike, and it is both unprofessional and irresponsible to frame them as such. Sadly, few of your readers will take the time to look into the facts of the Terri Schiavo case, which will leave them with the mistaken impression that your version of events somehow resembles the truth.


Politicians still wrong on Terri's case

By Bobby Schindler

3-21-07 -- Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney recently stated, "My view was a case like this would normally be left in the hands of a court." . . . Romney was referring to the attempt by Congress to help save the life of my sister, Terri Schiavo. He mistakenly assumed passing the buck on this issue would gain him political capital. He could not be more wrong, morally or politically. . . . Thomas Jefferson said, "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Sadly, many of our politicians have abandoned this basic principle, and in so doing have abdicated their most crucial role as public servants. . . . But not all of the blame lies with them. Romney's comments and similar remarks made by other politicians about Terri's situation have, in my opinion, been prejudiced by a media that have oversimplified what Congress did by spinning it as "meddling in a private family affair." . . . In reality, Congress enacted a law to afford my sister's constitutional and statutory civil rights claims to be heard in federal court. This law already exists for every convicted murderer on death row. . . . If monsters like Ted Bundy or Scott Peterson are afforded this right after their cases have gone through the state court system, why shouldn't an innocent disabled woman be given that same chance before she is cruelly starved and dehydrated to death? Congress was not only justified in getting involved, I believe it was their duty. . . . Moreover, the whole notion purported by Michael Schiavo and echoed by the media that Terri's case was a "private family matter" is ludicrous. . . . Starving and dehydrating someone to death is never a "private family matter," any more than abusing a child or a spouse is a "private family matter."


February 2007

Storming The Gates Of Secular Babylon
Op-Ed By Mark Pickup

2-28-07 -- We are approaching the second anniversary Terri Schiavo's state-sanctioned execution. What was Terri's crime? Her disability fell below an arbitrary level of 21st century---public acceptability. She bore silent witness to America to be a society of justice, mercy, and love for life. . . . She was dragged to the abyss of death by court sanctioned starvation and dehydration. Her situation demanded justice; her predicament cried for mercy; her humanity called to a nation's allegiance to protect and treasure the Right to Life (even for the weakest) -- as was proclaimed at the birth of America. . . . Those who espoused Terri's contrived right to die seemed to believe it's better to be dead than disabled. Based on some passing remark Terri made back when she was in her twenties, her estranged husband said she didn't want to live with profound disability. Who does? But that did not mean she was better off dead.


December 2006

Attorney for Terri Schiavo's Parents Still Speaks Up for Disabled People

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

The final attorney for the parents of Terri Schiavo is continuing his battle to speak up for disabled patients. After helping the disabled woman's parents try to prevent her former husband from killing her via euthanasia, David Gibbs says other pro-life people must join him in serving as their voice. . . . With the court's allowing Michael Schiavo to kill his wife, Gibbs, a leading pro-life attorney who heads up the Christian Law Association, says he's worried America will become a "disposable society." . . . "People like Terri Schiavo matter," Gibbs told the Warner Robbins Telegraph in an interview. . . . He is in the Georgia town for a speaking engagement at the Southside Baptist Church. . . . The attorney told the newspaper that a lack of respect for the lives of the disabled will lead to a lack of respect for other downtrodden members of society. . . . "If we don't have a compassion for the less-than-perfect people, then what about the poor? What about the elderly? What about the disabled?" Gibbs said. . . . "Do these people matter to us? They matter to God."


September 2006

Attorney in Schiavo case authors account of family’s struggle, faulty legal system
By Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

9-14-06 -- Life itself was on trial,” the attorney who worked to save Terri Schiavo from starvation writes in a new book about the landmark Florida case and the shame it brought upon a nation. . . . In “Fighting for Dear Life: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo and What It Means for All of Us,” David Gibbs, who took the case at the request of Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, offers a firsthand account of the family’s emotional struggle to keep their daughter alive, the legal appeals that moved through the Florida courts and the effort to protect Schiavo with state and federal legislation. . . . The American media treated the events surrounding Schiavo’s last few days like a tragic “death watch,” Gibbs writes in the book. But only the foreign media was quick to pick up on the conflict of values in the case, he notes. They could not understand how a nation that was sacrificing American young lives to liberate the people of Iraq could allow one of its own citizens to suffer a death often handed down by tyrants.

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Medical examiner’s Schiavo report deficient, Gibbs writes

By Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

The independent medical examiner’s report released nearly three months after the death of Terri Schiavo was supposed to illustrate that the Florida woman was in a persistent vegetative state, but a new book authored by the attorney who represented Schiavo’s parents claims the report produced more questions than answers. ****** Across the nation newspapers and networks seemed to want to vilify Schiavo’s parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, for fighting to preserve their daughter’s life. A June 16, 2005, headline in the New York Post, for example, read, “Terri had no hope -- Autopsy supports husband.” MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann said on his television program that the medical examiner’s report had “vindicated” Michael Schiavo. And a New York Times editorial claimed that right-wing “agitators” had meddled in Terri Schiavo’s “right to die case.” . . . Were the reports accurate? Not according to Gibbs. . . . Gibbs, who was briefed on the contents of the 39-page report before it was released publicly, writes that one example of the media reporting incorrect information centered around the examination of Terri Schiavo’s brain. Media were quick to report that the brain weight was “approximately half of the expected weight.” But none of the media outlets asked why this was so. Gibbs instead asked questions about how dehydration, the primary cause of Schiavo’s death, would affect the brain. The medical examiner had no answer. . . . “I’ve been told by one neurologist that the brain is highly susceptible to serious medical complications from dehydration,” Gibbs writes. “Since 77 to 78 percent of the brain is normally composed of water, shrinkage from such severe dehydration should be expected.”


Michael Schiavo fought against Lieberman
Sweet Land Of Liberty Opinion By Nat Hentoff

9-11-06 -- Among the celebrities journeying to Connecticut to support Ned Lamont’s campaign to unseat Sen. Joseph Lieberman (now running as an independent, having lost the Democratic primary to Lamont) is Michael Schiavo, known as the husband who finally succeeded in having the feeding tube removed from his late wife, Terri Schiavo. . . . Schiavo pointedly reminded Connecticut voters that Lieberman supported the president and Congressional Republicans in passing emergency legislation involving federal courts in an attempt to save Terri Schiavo’s life while he, Michael Schiavo, was respecting her wishes — which she could no longer communicate — to die. . . . Connecticut voters weren’t informed that Democrats as well as Republicans favored intervention by federal courts, including Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, who is deeply knowledgeable about disability rights. . . . Nor, of course, did Schiavo, while on the hustings, mention that when the feeding tube was removed, Terri Schiavo was not terminal, was breathing naturally on her own — and, according to several of the neurologists who had examined her (others disagreed), was not in a persistent vegetative state. And not only her parents and siblings witnessed that though she could not speak, Terri was responsive. . . . I covered the case for more than four years, going against nearly all of the other media in emphasizing and documenting that this was not a “right to die” case, but a disability-rights case. And that’s why many leading disability-rights organizations filed legal briefs, unreported by most of the press, on her behalf.


Terri Schiavo's Father Reacts to Woman in Vegetative State Responding

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

9-10-06 -- Terri Schiavo's father reacted to news about a 23 year-old British woman supposedly in a so-called "vegetative state" who stunned doctors by responding to certain commands asked of her. The results have been displayed in brain imaging showing more is going on in her head than meets the eye.

Although the unnamed woman can't move or speak, she has responded to sentences spoken to her and even played an imaginary game of tennis in her head, her doctors say. . . . The results have all been recorded on a brain scanner and show that disabled patients like Terri Schiavo or those who are comatose may be much more aware than they appear. . . . Terri’s father, Robert Schindler, agrees and, in a statement sent to LifeNews.com, said the case shows more should have been done to save his daughter's life and to listen to experts who said she wasn't as bad off as her former husband made it appear. . . . “This new case is not surprising to our family," Schindler said. . . . "We are seeing a growing amount of evidence indicating that the diagnosis of ‘Persistent Vegetative State’ (PVS) is often misdiagnosed, resulting in dangerous and potentially fatal consequences for people with brain injuries, as documented in this new account of a brain injured woman," he explained. . . . "The danger of this diagnosis is that it is being used as a reason to kill innocent people with disabilities, like Terri," her father added. "We believe that this PVS diagnosis is inhumane and it should be abolished.”


April 11, 2006

Schiavo battle changed attorney’s view of abortion
By Joni B. Hannigan, Baptist Press

Attorney Patricia Anderson represented Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings from 2001-04 in their court battle to save her life. Terri’s brother, Bobby, is behind Anderson. Photo by Joni B. Hannigan/Florida Baptist Witness

 (BP)--In her first interview since last year’s controversial dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, Pat Anderson, a longtime attorney in St. Petersburg who worked on the case for more than three years, said she felt like she was “dropped into boiling oil” when she entered the case in 2001 in the midst of an appeal to the Florida Supreme Court. . . . Anderson had opened a solo practice after 19 years of doing media defense. After Terri Schiavo’s father, Bob Schindler Sr., asked her to take the case, she saw it through motions and appeals that held off Terri’s dehydration for three and a half years. . . . “It was one emergency after another,” Anderson said, until she withdrew from representing the Schindlers in September 2004 after Bob Schindler enlisted David Gibbs III to look for new strategies in the case. . . . “I had filed and argued everything I could think of at that point and was not making much headway -- so Terri was his daughter. It was his call,” Anderson told the Florida Baptist Witness. “I thought that particular moment was not a good moment to switch horses, but he wanted to do it so I withdrew and it was quite an experience.” . . . Anderson said a dislike for the national news media -- the profession she had represented for most of her legal career -- grew out of her involvement in the case. . . . “I know that they can get the story wrong and they will repeat it wrong every single time after that, no matter what you do,” Anderson said. “We handed out transcripts of key testimony with certain answers highlighted for them and they wouldn’t read it. So, it was a very disappointing experience.” . . . She also learned through the case that there are “lots of Terri Schiavos” who are older than Terri and don’t have families who are alive and willing to fight for their lives.

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Attorney on a mission to tell ‘Untold Story of Terri Schiavo’
By Joni B. Hannigan, Baptist Press

(BP)--Attorney David Gibbs III, nearly a year after the dehydration death of Terri Schiavo, is telling audiences who will listen about the so-called “right-to-die” case that shook a nation and caused many to look at the way the disabled are treated in America. . . . Coming into the case seven months before a judge’s order, issued in 2000, was finally carried out last year, Gibbs talks about the “leap of faith” he took in September 2004 when Bob and Mary Schindler asked him to become the lead attorney. . . . Bob Schindler’s request to Gibbs: “Do everything you can to save Terri’s life or tell the story of what happened to Terri if she dies.” . . . Gibbs, speaking at a Reclaiming America Conference in Fort Lauderdale, said he believes too many people don’t know the real story about what happened in the final days and hours of Terri’s life. . . . Afraid the pro-euthanasia movement has confused treatment for people in the end stages of life with active euthanasia, such as dehydrating Terri to death, Gibbs described what it was like to watch Mary Schindler face her daughter’s impending death. He also dispels the notion of government intrusion into a family’s private matters by explaining how Michael Schiavo involved the courts when he asked a circuit judge to order Terri’s feeding tube be removed, rather than just removing it himself and facing any consequences of that action.


The Rule of Terri----Selective Investigation

EDITORIAL © 2006 North Country Gazette

Why do Michael Schiavo and his attorneys feel the need to try to dirty the Schindler family? . . . Why is the St. Petersburg Times reporting on a complaint filed against the Schindler family? Did they report the complaint about Michael Schiavo’s falsified resume, his falsified college degree, the falsified employment application with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department….the judicial misconduct complaints about Judge George Greer? . . . Why is the St. Petersburg Times engaging in selective reporting---not what you need to know, only what they want you to know about the Schiavo case. Perhaps the even more looming question is why is Florida government more interested in investigating an alleged impropriety in the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation than they are in learning the truth about how she died.


Schiavo Attorney Felos Perpetuated His Wish, Not Terri's
EXCLUSIVE By June Maxam ---

The Rules of Professional Conduct for Florida attorneys are very specific that a lawyer must abide by a client’s decisions, not perpetuate a case for the attorney’s own objectives or motives. . . . According to statements made by Michael Schiavo in his recently released book, “Terri: The Truth”, he claims that following an argument with his concubine, Jodi Centonze, and alleged threats on the lives of their children shortly before the feeding tube was to be removed from Terri Schindler Schiavo, Michael called his attorney George Felos and told him he wanted to “give up his fight” to kill his wife. . . . But Michael writes that Felos refused to honor his decision and “persuaded him not to” allow Terri to live. Schiavo writes in his book that Felos “reminded me that we had to realize that it wasn’t just about Terri anymore. It was about the rest of the people who didn’t want the government telling us how we could die and when we were allowed to decide that we didn’t want further medical treatment”.


1 YEAR AFTER SCHIAVO
Regret, not reform, marks death anniversary
State, fed lawmakers capitulate on Terri-inspired legislation
Editor's note: The following article is by Diana Lynne, author of a powerful, comprehensive book on Terri Schiavo's life and death, entitled "Terri's Story: The Court-Ordered Death of an American Woman."

 

By Diana Lynne, © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

The court-ordered dehydration death of 41-year-old Terri Schiavo one year ago sparked ire and prompted pledges of reform from a galvanized Capitol Hill. A year later, the ire has evaporated and the pledges remain unfulfilled. . . . Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, was the only lawmaker who appeared with Schiavo's parents and siblings yesterday at the launch of the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation in Washington, D.C., which WND reported seeks to combat the "medically sanctioned killing of the disabled." . . . Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who sponsored the unprecedented congressional bill that sought a federal court review of the Schiavo case, announced plans to team up with disability-rights advocate, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to craft legislation that would give incapacitated people new federal rights in cases of family disputes and no written advance directives. . . . No legislation materialized and in June 2005, Martinez declared he'd had second thoughts. . . . "I really probably come to the view this has to be more resolved at the state level, seems like the kind of issue the state courts deal with," he said. The concession followed a firestorm of controversy over a memo circulated by his legal counsel suggesting his colleagues could make political hay by taking up the cause of the brain-injured Florida woman.


October 14, 2005

Brother of Schiavo still upset over death

He says the courts and her husband mishandled case

By Jennifer Toomer-Cook, Deseret Morning News

Bobby Schindler says his memory is seared with images of his sister, Terri Schiavo, after courts approved removal of her feeding tube in a high-profile right-to-die/right-to-life battle he says wasn't always fairly portrayed in the media. . . . "Fresh in my mind now is how they tortured her to death, how terrified she looked prior to her death. . . . That will be an image that stays with me and my family the rest of our lives," Schindler said in an interview. "She was beautiful, she was alive, she was a human being and had a family willing to . . . show her compassion as every human being deserves. But the courts decided she would be better off dead." . . . About six months have passed since Schiavo died. And Schindler is on an international speaking tour of sorts, criticizing the right-to-die movement and, through the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, pushing for changes in federal and state laws to protect the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities.


Why should you care about Terri?

By Diana Lynne, © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Guardianship system overdo for reform.

. . . The case of Terri Schiavo shortly became emblematic of a guardianship system overdo for reform. For decades, guardianship advocates have clamored for changes to a paradigm in which guardians acquire dictatorial control over their wards, and overburdened courts are loath to upset the apple cart and curb their power. In a familial tug-of-war over the life of an incapacitated loved one, the court-appointed guardian has the upper hand and, in the court's eyes, can do no wrong. It's a system ripe for abuse and neglect and one in which countless incidents of both have been documented.


September 28, 2005

Schindlers to write book
Release date same as Michael's 'Terri: the Truth'
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

The parents and siblings of Terri Schiavo are writing a book on the end-of-life battle over the fate of their severely brain-damaged daughter, who died in March by court-ordered starvation initiated by her husband. . . . The book – by parents Bob and Mary Schindler, brother Bobby Schindler and sister Suzanne Vitadamo – is scheduled for release on the first anniversary of Terri Schiavo's death. . . . Husband Michael Schiavo has written a book also due out next March. . . . The Schindlers' book, by Warner Books in New York, will tell how they "fought simply as a caring family and never the ideological zealots depicted by the mainstream media," the publisher stated in a news release.


September 23, 2005

Terri's husband center stage at right-to-die conference
Will pay tribute to 'very close family friend,' euthanasia proponent Cranford
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After avoiding the public eye for months prior to and following the court-ordered dehydration death of his brain-injured wife Terri, Michael Schiavo is taking center stage at a medical-ethics conference today in Minneapolis honoring neurologist and bioethicist Dr. Ronald Cranford. . . . Meanwhile, right-to-life demonstrators will offer their own form of tribute in a protest outside the gathering. . . . The national conference will celebrate the landmark right-to-die cases in which Cranford served as an expert witness in favor of death over the past 30 years, including that of Terri Schiavo.


September 2, 2005

Attorney for Terri Schiavo's Husband Joins Euthanasia Group's Board

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

During the international debate over the euthanasia of Terri Schiavo, considerable attention was focused on the involvement of her estranged Michael's lead attorney George Felos' involvement in activities backing assisted suicide. Now, Felos has been named to the board of directors of a group that backs euthanasia. . . . Project Grace, which stands for Guidelines for Resuscitation And Care at End-of-life, quietly named Felos to its board within days of Terri's late March death from starvation and dehydration. . . . Project Grace's web site eerily describes its mission, which alarmingly looks as if it made Terri a guinea pig for gaining acceptance for euthanasia. . . . The group says it is a "timely endeavor directed toward the noble and necessary goal of transforming the culture of drying for Florida citizens with the hope of establishing a prototype for the nation."


September 1, 2005

Ten Year Old Arrested for Giving Food to Terri Schiavo Apologizes

(LifeSiteNews.com) - Ten year-old Joshua Heldreth, the eldest of eight children, was arrested on Good Friday of this year for trespassing while attempting to bring a drink of water to Terri Schaivo. Days later Schiavo died of intentional dehydration. In court Joshua pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 hours of community service and ordered to write an apology for his actions. . . . Not giving Mrs. Shiavo (sic) food or water was wrong.  The reason I had to go on your property was because Jesus would do the same thing.  It made me sad that she was so thirsty and it made Jesus sad too.  I knew she would die without water and I am called by Jesus to be a defender of the defenceless.  So I had to go on your property to try to bring her a drink." . . . Joshua added, "I am sorry that you didn't like that and wouldn't allow me to help save her life and one day you will have to tell God why.  I won't be able to help you then like I tried to help her. I will pray for you every day . . ."

. . . While the apology letter has been submitted, Heldreth told LifeSiteNews.com he's not completely sure it will be accepted. . . . See Joshua's full handwritten apology letter here: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005_docs/JoshuaApolog...


August 22, 2005

Michael Schiavo Fabricated College Degree
On Guardianship Application

Living a lie. Master of deceit.
All with the help of Florida
’s judicial and legal system.

According to documents obtained by The Empire Journal, it appears that Michael Schiavo may have made a false swearing when he filed his application for guardianship of his wife, Terri Schindler-Schiavo in 1990, then engaging in the judicial homicide of his wife based on fraudulent statements to the court. . . . It appears that the 15-year appointment of Michael Schiavo as the guardian of the person of his wife was based on a fraudulent application. . . . Earlier this month, Michael Schiavo was named “Distinguished Guardian of the Year” by the Florida State Guardianship Association.


August 19, 2005

Attorney For Terry Shiavo Family Explains Causes of Tragic Result of Schiavo Case

Robert Destro Warns Many Similar But Unpublicized Cases are “Happening Every Day”

(LifeSiteNews.com) – “The degree of disconnect between the description of the Terri Schiavo case in the media, and the reality of the case is pretty profound,” laments Robert Destro, the lawyer who performed vital pro bono legal work for the family of Terri Schiavo in their final bid to save Terri’s life from the hands of her husband and the courts. . . . In an interview with Anita Crane of the American Life League Destro reveals many of the disturbing legal anomalies, often stepping into the realm of the patently illegal, that sadly distinguished the Schiavo case.  . . . In particular Destro remains deeply critical of the actions of judge Greer, whose failure to act and whose often illegal handling of the case resulted in Terri’s eventual murder by starvation and dehydration. “You can’t really make up facts of this case—I felt like I was caught in Wonderland or Neverland. Terri never got a fair hearing,” attests Destro. “Florida law expressly requires probate judges to see the incompetent patients whose cases are pending before them, but Greer never went to see Terri.”


August 18, 2005

AS PREDICTED BY THE EMPIRE JOURNAL ON MAY 10, 2005

Terri Schiavo will become the Guinea Pig For Euthanasia Sect

Michael Schiavo Will Discuss Terri at Euthanasia Conference

by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor

(LifeNews.com) -- As Terri's estranged husband, Michael Schiavo didn't make many public comments during the long legal battle he fought with Terri's family over whether or not to starve her to death. Now that Terri has died, Michael is significantly raising his public profile and will soon address a euthanasia conference in Minnesota. . . . Following his receipt of the guardian of the year award from the Florida State Guardianship Association,


July 1, 2005

Mark Fuhrman: Grand Jury Should Probe Terri Schiavo Case

NewsMax: Famed detective Mark Fuhrman is calling for a grand jury probe of the Terri Schiavo case, saying there's no other way to get to the bottom of the unexplained 1990 collapse of the then-26-year-old woman. . . . "I want a grand jury investigation," he told ABC Radio host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, adding that Schiavo's parents also favor the move. . . . Fuhrman, whose book "Silent Witness," hit bookstores this week, said that if Florida prosecutors decline to convene a grand jury probe, the Justice Department should step in. . . He asked, "Were Terri's civil rights violated? When I looked at this case, she never got the due process of a death row inmate."


June 21, 2005

Terri was aware, says brain doc
Neurosurgeon who examined her finds autopsy confirms Schiavo was cognizant
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Refuting the findings of the county medical examiner, a neurosurgeon who examined Terri Schiavo before her death says the autopsy report confirms she was aware of what was going on around her. . . . Dr. William Hammesfahr, known as a pioneer in approaches to helping the brain injured, said to ignore the facts would "allow future Terri Schiavos to die needlessly."


Schiavo autopsy an Orwellian masterpiece
By Troy Newman, © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

George Orwell once wrote, "If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." The recent release of the Pinellas County autopsy of Terri Schiavo is a clear and convincing example of Orwell's assertion. The national thought and language has been overtaken by a Big Brother of sorts – the mainstream media, who is now "thinking our thoughts" and compelling us into their world of "doublethink." . . . Written using technical medical terminology, which is lost on most, the 39-page tome announced that the certified manner of death is "undetermined," and the cause of Terri's untimely departure from this earthly life was "Complications of Anoxic Encephalopathy," or, in layman's terms, a brain injury from lack of oxygen. The report continues to explain that because no one really knows what caused the episode 15 years ago that resulted in Terri's injury, her manner of death remains uncertain.


April 30, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Final Hours

An Eyewitness Account

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life
President, National Pro-life Religious Council

You may have seen on the news that I was at Terri Schiavo's bedside during the last 14 hours of her earthly life, right up until five minutes before her death. During that time with Terri, joined by her brother and sister, I expressed your care, concern, and prayers. I told Terri over and over that she had many friends around the country, many people who were praying for her and were on her side. I had also told her the same things during my visits to her in the months before her feeding tube was removed, and am convinced she understood. . . . I've known Terri's family for about six years now and they put me on the visitor's list. Terri was in a hospice but there were police officers stationed outside her room. If I were not on that visitor's list I could not get in that room beyond the armed guard because the visitor's list was kept very, very small and very well controlled. The reason? The euthanasia advocates had to be able to say that Terri was an unresponsive person in some kind of vegetative state, coma or whatever terminology they want to use to suggest that she was completely unresponsive. The only way to prove she was responsive was to see her for yourself. . . . I went down to see her in September 2004 and again in February 2005. . . . When her mom first introduced her to me, she stared at me intently. She focused her eyes. She would focus her eyes on whoever was talking to her. If somebody spoke to her from the other part of the room she would turn her head and her eyes towards the person who was talking to her. . . .Meanwhile, let us continue to commend Terri to the Lord, mindful of the equal value of every life, no matter how prominent or obscure, healthy or sick.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I am in regular contact with Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and her siblings, Bobby and Suzanne. They are strong Christians with a beautiful, gentle spirit. If you wish to relay a personal message to them, you can send it to terri@priestsforlife.org and I will pass it along to them myself.


April 25, 2005

Two Women Who Fought To Survive: Sindelar & Schiavo
Part 2 -- Click for Part 1

By Jill Cohen Walker, J.D., NewsWithViews.com

I’ve asked myself many questions over the weeks that I prayed for Terri Schindler-Schiavo and her family. It’s not necessary to list those questions here and it may be years before I have the answers. Then again, I may have those answers now, but I want them to mature into clear thoughts that will produce sound research. I’m almost there . . . In the meantime, look again at these two women—Carla and Terri—and look at the folks who cared about what happened to them. Now look at those who didn’t care, wanted them dead, and/or believed that the sick, twisted, man-made “right to die” supersedes God’s words about Him “giving life and giving it abundantly.” Contrast those words with the Nazi-like, evil ideologies that had to permeate Terri’s case for judges to deny her right to due process, right to a fair hearing with all the evidence weighed equally, and the simple right to live. Read the legal documents, excerpts from legal transcripts and affidavits and you’ll find yourself shaking your head in disbelief at what was done to an innocent, handicapped woman.


March 31, 2005

DEATH DAY – 13th DAY OF STARVATION
Terri Schiavo dies of thirst
Estranged husband barred family from her bedside in final moments

© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

Terri Schiavo, the brain-injured Florida woman at the center of an intense euthanasia battle played out on a national stage, died shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern time. . . . The news came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected yet another appeal by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler. . . . The Schindlers had pleaded with son-in-law Michael Schiavo to allow them to be with their daughter in her final hours, but according to family spokesmen, they were not present when she died.  . . . President Bush, who rushed back to Washington during a vacation last week to sign a bill giving federal courts jurisdiction in the case, addressed Terri Schiavo's death at the beginning of a press conference: . . . "Today millions of Americans are saddened by the death of Terri Schaivo. Laura and I extend our condolences to Terri Schaivo's families. I appreciate the example of grace and dignity they have displayed at a difficult time. I urge all those who honor Terri Schaivo to continue to work to build a culture of life, where all Americans are welcomed and valued and protected, especially those who live at the mercy of others. The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the weak. In cases where there are serious doubts and questions, the presumption should be in the favor of life ... ."House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who helped lead the legislative effort in Congress, said Schiavo's death "is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy." . . . "This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change," he said. "The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo's friends in this time of deep sorrow."


 

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