March 31, 2005
Let's Pick out The Media Stupidity

Schiavo passed away nearly two weeks after doctors removed her life-sustaining feeding tube and less than 12 hours after her parents' final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was rejected.

Read entire article of Terri Schiavo at CNN.

"Mrs. Schiavo died a calm, peaceful and gentle death," Felos told reporters.

Since when is dehydrating and being starved peaceful and gentle?

Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, had begged to be with their firstborn while she drew her last breath but police denied their request, said Brother Paul O'Donnell, the Schindlers' spokesman and spiritual adviser.

This is when the parents kick down the door and beat the shit out of the husband for being such a prick for the past 15 years.

The autopsy report about the cause of death may not be available for several weeks.

Oh I guess the already forgot they starved and dehydrated her. *Here's your sign...*

Posted by Ellen at March 31, 2005 06:54 PM

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Don't want to get into a debate too much online, in person is far much better... But I do want to mention these few things:

Every sign showed that is was a calm and peaceful death. While the words used and the images that are brought to our minds are anything but, her state dictated differently. Tests showed that she had no cognitive functions and her mental capacity was non-existant. It has also been shown that in individuals in states similar to hers but with a little more mental stability experienced a quiet euphoria and not one sign of pain. From the moment the feeding tube was removed Terri was on morphiene (sp?) as per the standard procedure, regardless of the PVS. She didn't feel anything because she didn't even know she was alive.

The reason for the autopsy is to show the extent of the damage to her brain that put her in the PVS.

Her husband was a prick for not letting the family in during her final moments, I will grant you that. But the removal of the tube was in line with her wishes, unfortunately they did not have a living will and other steps taken. Because of this I think a lot of people are now getting that taken care of so they do not end up in this position.

Posted by: Joshua on March 31, 2005 08:10 PM

Comming froma person that is allowed to "euthanize" an animal humanely, I can understand the right to die peacefully.

If someone has the right to die, or you don't wish to be on life support etc.. end it quickly with an OD of opioids or barbituates. Don't make it drag on.

Posted by: ellen on March 31, 2005 08:14 PM

Terri's parent had chosen not to be at the hospital. Her mother had not seen her since Easter Sunday so her husband did nothing to prevent them from seeing her.

Posted by: Pat on March 31, 2005 11:09 PM

Actually, having been with my father as he died (literally, I was holding his hand) I can venture to say that Mrs. Schiavo's death was probably a peaceful death.

Dad had been refusing food for four or five days, and refusing water for about two days. He'd press his lips together and turn his head away.

I am sorry for the Schindlers, as they seemed from their comments to be deep into a denial of reality. Mrs. Schiavo had been incapable of forming words for 15 years.

Posted by: liz on April 1, 2005 12:23 AM

I was there when my grandmother died in the hospital of Lou Gehrigs disease(something I will never forget), I have been there for more cats and dogs than I can count anymore.

I am not stupid and naive(to which people obviously think I am-you are not reading the post correctly). I am surrounded by death, daily. I have seen it more than I have ever wanted, but at least I can be the one that can be proud to say they are able to help at least an animal exist with dignity.

Terri had NO dignity. The media made sure of that.

Posted by: ellen on April 1, 2005 06:55 AM
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