Schiavo Dies After 13 Days


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walking arsenal
March 31, 2005, 12:11 PM
Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman whose 15 years connected to a feeding tube sparked an epic legal battle that went all the way to the White House and Congress, died Thursday, 13 days after the tube was removed. She was 41.

The feud between the parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and their son-in-law continued even after her death: Brother Paul O'Donnell, an adviser to the Schindlers, said they and their two other children "were denied access at the moment of her death by Michael Schiavo. They are in there now, praying at her bedside.

The Schindlers pleaded for their daughter's life, calling the removal of the tube "judicial homicide."

"In extraordinary circumstances like this, it is wise to always err on the side of life," the president said.

Both sides accused each other of being motivated by greed over a $1 million medical malpractice award from doctors who failed to diagnose the chemical imbalance.

However, that money, which Michael Schiavo received in 1993, has all but evaporated, spent on his wife's care and the court fight. Just $40,000 to $50,000 remained as of mid-March.


Words fail me.

Whats going on here? What happened to the US of A

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sturmruger
March 31, 2005, 12:18 PM
I couldn't agree more. This is one of the saddest stories I have ever seen.

I guess I will stop now nothing else I have to say would be the High Road.

EghtySx
March 31, 2005, 12:20 PM
The woman did not want to live this way. The courts decided that. Her wishes were carried out. Where is the tragedy?

Where does the homicide part come in? She didn't want to be artificially kept alive with a tube.

Sean Smith
March 31, 2005, 12:21 PM
It's called the rule of law.

The husband was the legal guardian.

He claimed his wife said she wouldn't want to live in a PVS.

The courts ascertained that a) she really had said that, and b) she was in a PVS, therefore c) she got unplugged.

The myriad courts, which all agreed with each other, may have been right, or they may have been completely wrong, or something in-between. They did not, however, rule that she should be killed because she is severely brain damaged. They ruled that SHE SAID she would not want to live under those circumstances.

pax
March 31, 2005, 12:23 PM
Closed as off-topic, since there's no RKBA or related content.

Take it over to APS.

pax

Preacherman
March 31, 2005, 12:24 PM
Folks, we've already debated the Schiavo incident ad nauseam here, and threads have been closed because they go off-topic almost immediately. I predict no better future for this one.

Let's pray for Terry's soul, and for all involved in this mess, and hope for something good to come out of it for similar cases in the future. In the meantime, let's refrain from discussion here.

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