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Monday, March 21, 2005


What's Really Going On Here?

I've been looking around for video of Terri Schiavo because I'd like to see for myself what some are calling persistent vegetative state. I've heard things here and there (and I think I caught a split second of video on TV one night) that makes it seem like maybe we're not getting the whole story. This line from a recent AP story only heightens my suspicions:

Bob Schindler visited his daughter late Sunday and said he noticed the effects of dehydration on her. He said she appeared to be getting tired, but eventually responded to his teasing by making a face at him.
Here is an excerpt from UpToDate:

Persistent vegetative state — Patients in a persistent vegetative state represent a subgroup of patients who suffer severe anoxic brain injury and progress to a state of wakefulness without awareness. Persistent vegetative state may represent a transition between coma and recovery or between coma and death. The term was first used in 1972 and is defined as [1,3,8-11]:

No evidence of awareness of self or environment and an inability to interact with others

No evidence of sustained, reproducible, purposeful, or voluntary behavioral responses to visual, auditory, tactile, or noxious stimuli

No evidence of language comprehension or expression

Intermittent wakefulness manifested by the presence of sleep-wake cycles

Sufficiently preserved hypothalamic and brain stem autonomic function to permit survival with medical and nursing care

Bowel and bladder incontinence

Variably preserved cranial nerve reflexes and spinal reflexes
So, she is likely arousable but, in the opinion of at least some doctors, she appears to fit this description. The problem I have here is the line: Persistent vegetative state may represent a transition between coma and recovery or between coma and death. Considering that she has been in this condition for quite some time (and I'm not sure whether or not she was ever actually in a coma), it seems at least reasonable to think that she might just recover.

So to whom should we listen? Her husband (who, by the way, has an entirely new life complete with a female and children) or her parents? I don't know either of them, but in this case I come down on the side of life with the potential of recovery rather than the finality of death.

If anyone knows where there is video of Terri please let me know. I think it would be quite instructive.


Still think you're getting the whole story?

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. (BP)--A doctor close to the Terri Schiavo case told the Florida Baptist Witness that the 41-year-old disabled woman could actually be fed orally if it were allowed.

"The important thing for people to understand is that she can eat and swallow right now,” said William Hammesfahr, a neurologist who has examined Schiavo. He is in many of the videos circulated through the news media showing that Schiavo is at times responsive and aware.
If she dies her blood will be on many hands...but none more than her dirtbag husband and his scum-of-the-earth lawyer.

(via JunkYardBlog)


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