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Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:11

\'\'And so his heartless cruelty continues until this very last moment,\'\' said

the Rev. Frank Pavone. He added: \'\'This is not only a death, with all the

sadness that brings, but this is a killing, and for that we not only grieve

that Terri has passed but we grieve that our nation has allowed such an atrocity

as this and we pray that it will never happen again.\'\'

Michael Schiavo\'s attorney, George Felos, announced the death but had no

immediate comment beyond that. Michael Schiavo\'s whereabouts were not

immediately known.

Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:09

\'\'She\'s got all of her dignity back. She\'s now in heaven, she\'s now with

God, and she\'s walking with grace,\'\' Michael Schiavo\'s brother, Scott Schiavo,

said at his Levittown, Pa., home.

Outside the hospice, a small group of activists sang hymns, raising their

hands to the sky and closing their eyes. After the tube that supplied a

nutrient solution was disconnected, protesters had streamed into Pinellas Park to

keep vigil outside her hospice, with many arrested as they tried to bring her

food and water.

Dawn Kozsey, 47, a musician who was among those outside Schiavo\'s hospice,

wept. \'\'Words cannot express the rage I feel,\'\' she said. \'\'Is my heart broken

for this? Yes.\'\'

Patricia L. Pearson





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:07

Schiavo suffered severe brain damage in 1990 after her heart stopped because

of a chemical imbalance that was believed to have been brought on by an

eating disorder. Court-appointed doctors ruled she was in a persistent vegetative

state, with no real consciousness or chance of recovery.

She left no written instructions, but her husband argued that his wife told

him long ago she would not want to be kept alive artificially. His in-laws

disputed that, and contended she could get better with treatment. They said she

laughed, cried, responded to them and tried to talk.

Mike

Location:
USA - California


IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98; Win
posted: 01.04.2005 01:06

No Sally it was up to her if she wanted to live like that no one else ...and she chose not to ..she had a right to die and no one should force feed her aganist her will.
Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:05

Over and over, Pinellas County Circuit Judge George W. Greer said that

Michael Schiavo had convinced him that Terri Schiavo would not have wanted to be

kept alive under such conditions. The feeding tube was removed with the

judge\'s approval March 18 - the third time food and water were cut off during the

seven-year legal battle.

Florida lawmakers, Congress and President Bush tried to intervene on behalf

of her parents, but state and federal courts at all levels repeatedly ruled

in favor of her husband.

Patricia L. Pearson





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:03

The case focused national attention on living wills, prompting perhaps

thousands of Americans to discuss their end-of-life wishes with their loved ones

and put their instructions in writing. The dispute also stirred a furious

debate over the proper role of government in such life-and-death decisions. And

it led to allegations that Republicans in Congress were pandering to the

religious right and violating their own political principles of limited government

and states\' rights.

Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 01:01

In Washington, the president said he was saddened by the death.

\'\'The essence of civilization is that the strong have a duty to protect the

weak,\'\' Bush said. \'\'In cases where there are serious doubts and questions,

the presumption should be in favor of life.\'\'

In Rome, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican\'s office for

sainthood, called the removal of the feeding tube \'\'an attack against God.\'\'

Sally





IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; AOL 9.0; Window
posted: 01.04.2005 01:01

Mike the point is no one has the right to take a human life.You should still feed a person.If God wants to take yhem home he will do it whether you have a feeding tube or not.Apparently he chose not to so her husband took it into his own hands.It was not up to him or judges.It was up to God!
Patricia L. Pearson





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:59

An autopsy is planned, with both sides hoping it will shed more light on the

extent of her brain injuries and whether she was abused by her husband, as

the Schindlers have argued. In what was the source of yet another dispute

between the husband and his in-laws, Michael Schiavo will get custody of the body

and plans to have her cremated and bury the ashes in the Schiavo family plot

in Pennsylvania.

Patricia L. Pearson





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:58

Gov. Jeb Bush, whose repeated attempts to get the tube reconnected also

failed, said that millions of people around the world will be \'\'deeply grieved\'\'

by her death but that the debate over her fate could help others grapple with

end-of-life issues.

\'\'After an extraordinarily difficult and tragic journey, Terri Schiavo is at

rest,\'\' the president\'s brother said. \'\'I remain convinced, however, that

Terri\'s death is a window through which we can see the many issues left

unresolved in our families and in our society. For that, we can be thankful for all

that the life of Terri Schiavo has taught us.\'\'

Patricia L. Pearson





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:55

Although several right-to-die cases have been fought in the courts across

the nation in recent years, none had been this public, drawn-out and bitter.

The case worked its way through the state and federal courts over and over.

Six times, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene. As Schiavo\'s life

ebbed away, Congress rushed through a bill to allow the federal courts to take

up the case. President Bush signed it March 21. But the federal courts

refused to intervene.
Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:53



Described by her family as a shy woman who loved animals, music and

basketball, Terri Schindler grew up in Pennsylvania and battled a weight problem in

her youth.

\'\'And then when she lost all the weight, she really became quite beautiful

on the outside as well. What was inside she allowed to shine out at that

point,\'\' a friend, Diane Meyer, said in 2003.

She met Michael Schiavo - pronounced SHY-voh - at Bucks County Community

College near Philadelphia in 1982. They wed two years later. After they moved to

Florida, she worked in an insurance agency.

Mike

Location:
USA - California


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posted: 01.04.2005 00:52

Befor you go crying about her death think of her life..would you want to spend the next 40 years with a tube stuck in your belly you can\'t eat you can not speak ,some one has to change your diaper,and you don\'t know what is goin on around you..and you have been that way for the last 15 years no thanks pull my tube..if you belive in heaven it must be a better place than that bed she was tied to



Mike n California
Patricia L. Pearson





IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)
posted: 01.04.2005 00:51

But recurring battles with weight led to the eating disorder that was blamed

for her collapse at age 26. Doctors said she suffered severe brain damage

when her heart stopped beating because of a potassium imbalance. Her brain was

deprived of oxygen for 10 minutes before she was revived, doctors estimated.

Because Terri Schiavo did not leave written wishes on her care, Florida law

gave preference to Michael Schiavo over her parents. But the law also

recognizes parents as having crucial opinions in the care of an incapacitated

person.

A court-appointed physician testified her brain damage was so severe that

there was no hope she would ever have any cognitive abilities.

Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:48

Still, her parents, who visited her nearly every day, reported their

daughter responded to their voices. Video showing the dark-haired woman appearing to

interact with her family was televised nationally. But the court-appointed

doctor said the noises and facial expressions were reflexes.

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.

Patricia





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posted: 01.04.2005 00:46

Michael Schiavo\'s lawyers suggested the Schindlers wanted to get some of the

money. And the Schindlers questioned their son-in-law\'s sincerity, saying he

never mentioned his wife\'s wishes until winning the malpractice case.

The parents tried to have Michael Schiavo removed as his wife\'s guardian

because he lives with another woman and has two children with her. Michael

Schiavo refused to divorce his wife, saying he feared the Schindlers would ignore

her desire to die.

Schiavo lived in her brain-damaged state longer than two other young women

whose cases brought right-to-die issues to the forefront of public attention.

Stephanie

Location:
USA - Wyoming


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posted: 01.04.2005 00:43

Sally, I know what you mean, it makes me angry too. Not to go off the subject, Sunday night I had a dream. I dreamed I busted into the Hospice with other rioters. Me and some other lady made it to her bed. We were trying to give her food. I tried to give a glucose tablet to get her blood sugar up. In the dream she said I\'m alive, I\'m better now. She was talking and smiling. I don\'t know her or her family, but that was a real dream too. I am sure she is alive and better now.

Everyone have a great night and day.



Love and Hugs

Your Friend

Stephanie in WYoming
Patricia

Location:
USA - Florida


IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows 98)
posted: 01.04.2005 00:43

Karen Quinlan lived for more than a decade in a vegetative state - brought

on by alcohol and drugs in 1975 when she was 21; New Jersey courts let her

parents take her off a respirator a year after her injury. Nancy Cruzan, who was

25 when a 1983 car crash placed her in a vegetative state, lived nearly

eight years before the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that her parents could withdraw

her feeding tube.

Schiavo\'s feeding tube was briefly removed in 2001. It was reinserted after

two days when a court intervened. In October 2003, the tube was removed

again, but Gov. Jeb Bush rushed \'\'Terri\'s Law\'\' through the Legislature, allowing

the state to have the feeding tube reinserted after six days. The Florida

Supreme Court later ruled that law was an unconstitutional interference in the

judicial system.

Nearly two weeks ago, the tube was removed for a third and final time.

Sally





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posted: 31.03.2005 23:25

It just makes me angry that in this day and age a human life is treated with so little respect.It just makes me angry.Now,Elizabeth where are you?
Sally





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posted: 31.03.2005 23:22

Sadly Patricia,I think that had there been more compassion in dealingwith issue the outcome would have turned out differently.There might be laws but just her husbands statement that she requested not to be kept alive was heresay.I thought in a court of law you needed written proof.There was none,They took his word for it.
Sue

Location:
USA - Massachusetts


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posted: 31.03.2005 22:38

Sadly, Terri Schaivo is gone. As a nurse, I believe terminating her feeding tube was not discontinuing an extraordinary measure of life support. I only hope that the decision of a few, will not be a reflection of how all Americans will be viewed in caring for the sick and compromised! Many, many Americans value life, and are saddened by the way this young woman\'s life was allowed to be brought to an end! Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers!
Patricia

Location:
USA - Florida


IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)
posted: 31.03.2005 22:31

Terri Schiavo\'s husband did not begin to demand that the feeding tubes be taken out until 3 or 4 years after the time she was hospitalized, after he had received many millions of dollars from a malpractice suit. Of course, the millions of dollars were meant to help with her cost of care, as she was still alive, I am sure. He\'s been trying to kill her since, looks to me, and today he succeeded. God rest her soul!

It is true that many Americans feel she should die...but not all. Sally, I would like to see that question analysed and divided up into male and female yesses and nos, wouldn\'t you?

I think most women would say feed her, women are more nurturing about helpless things, and maybe most men would say to let her die, I think they are more pragmatic about quality of life, etc. Maybe I\'m wrong.

Sad Day, at any rate.

Pat
JoAnn

Location:
USA - Pennsylvania


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posted: 31.03.2005 22:23

My dog died easier than this women had to.

That being said....my husband and I had many conversations that dealt with many subjects that I\'ve never spoken to my parents about. Our death is one of those things. My husband knows that I do not want to be kept alive by any means. He already has a living will stating the same.

I\'m getting mine done shortly, also. I\'ll be the one making the decision on how I want to die if I\'m in that condition.

It\'s just sad all the way around.
marie

Location:
Ireland


IP logged Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1;
posted: 31.03.2005 22:00

sally i think people just dont care anymore..i was listen to our dublin radio last night it is a talk show and this guy came on and said that all old people who cant look after themself should get a bullet in them
Sally





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posted: 31.03.2005 21:54

It\'s all just so sad. Marie,I don\'t know what\'s wrong with these people.A survey said most Americans agreed with her husband.I don\'t know what Americans they were talking to.Not anyone I know