Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Legacy of Terri Schiavo

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. In my opinion, this was one of the most atrocious acts ever committed in American history.

Here is a quick recap of the story:

In February of 1990, Terri Schiavo, then 26 years old, collapsed at her Florida home. As a result, oxygen was cut off from her brain for several minutes. The cause of this collapse is still disputed: Terri's husband claimed that she suffered from a cardiac arrest. But top physicians found several neck injuries and bone fractures possibly caused by an attempted strangulation.

Even though she remained in a coma, Terri could breathe, look around, and move her limbs slightly. In contradiction to Michael Schiavo's opinion, his wife was not a "vegetable."

William Hammesfahr, a neurologist hired by the Schindlers (Terri's parents), testified to the Florida court on Terri behalf:

I spent about 10 hours across about three months [examining Terri] and the woman is very aware of her surroundings. She's very aware. She's alert. She's not in a coma. She's not in PVS," Hammesfahr told CNN Tuesday night. "With proper therapy, she will have a tremendous improvement. I think, personally, that she'll be able to walk, eventually, and she will be able to use at least one of her arms.

A video tape showed Terri's interaction with her family ( like Terri's smiling at her mother and watching a balloon float around the room). But nevertheless, Michael Schiavo persisted that it was his wife's wish to be allowed to die. The Schindlers tried desperately to remove Michael as Terri's legal guardian but to no avail.

Judge John Greer ordered the feeding tube removed stating that Terri would not want to live by artificial means. Terri Schiavo died 13 days later.

There are so many injustices seen in this tragic story. First of all, Michael Schiavo's actions were very suspicious and many people believe that he may of had something to do with the accident. Michael should not have been Terri's legal guardian under such circumstances. Terri's parents, who obviously cared for her, should have been made guardians.

It was very clear that Terri was alert and could react to things around her. Of course she would want to live! She took up no room... and expenses were not an issue. Thousands of people volunteered to pay her hospital bills, but Michael Schiavo still insisted on her "execution".

How sickening could this be?

The Florida courts sentenced an innocent woman to death.

Michael Schiavo has moved on and re-married.

The Schindlers still miss their daughter.
Other blogs covering this:

Agent Tim Online
Mission Amare
The Rebelution
Jennifer's Musings
The RIGHT stuff...
Spunky Jr.


  • It was absolutely shocking when I found out she had died. What an incredibly sad story... made all the worse because Michael Shiavo did not recieve justice.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 5:46 PM  

  • She even tried to say that she wanted to live... she said " I want.." then started crying because she was having trouble formulating the was awful.

    By Blogger Kierstyn Paulino, at 9:24 AM  

  • That's really sad =(

    By Blogger Emily, at 4:56 PM  

  • Just an FYI that NBC Dateline will show an interview with Terri's husband(former) this coming Sun @ 7PM. He's speaking out on the case.

    By Blogger Mercy Now, at 8:54 PM  

  • Oh, my gosh! That was a year ago? Crazy! Yeah, that really scared me-that something like that could happen.

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 12:19 AM  

  • Thanks for pointing out the part about her husband's dubious seems like it won't be too long before all someone has to do to avoid getting punished for murder is claim that the person "wanted to die."

    By Blogger the traveler, at 9:18 AM  

  • You didn't mention the fact that Terry's "husband" shacked up with another woman and had children with her while Terry was still alive.

    Even if there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the onset of Terry's condition. The blatant, unapologetic adultery perpetrated by her husband should have made it possible for her parents to take guardianship.

    By Blogger Rabenstrange, at 1:53 AM  

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