What kind of a place is Florida that it would allow an unfaithful husband to determine whether the woman he is still legally married to lives or dies, but allows no voice for the woman that gave birth to her?
Links to articles/pages about Terri
Schindler Schiavo the Florida woman whose husband Michael(her legal
guardian) claims she would
rather die. Her parents claim she doesn't.. He claims
is in a "persistent
vegetative state"(PVS) and is supported by Dr.
James Barnhill. Others disagree.
Her parents say she has been diagnosed
with acquired cerebral
Dr. William Hammesfahr, a world-reknowned neurologist who has
articles, has examined
and says she can be helped. So does
Dr. William S. Maxfield who has written numberous articles on
medicine and its use for brain injuries and disorders..
Terri has been moved from the
of the Florida Suncoast where she was previously to a rest
where she is guarded by
The Hospice during the last year purchased the building formerly used by the Largo Police Department.
Some claim the Hospice has engaged in questionable activities. Some suggest the Hospice has become a place for killing rather than just a place for dying.
Her situation demonstrates the need to change Florida's
law dealing with the subject particularly in terms of defining brain
death.. Some experts argue that technological
will force a change in the way death is defined.
Patients like Terri
should not be denied the option of divorce
from an unfaithful spouse just because they cannot communicate.
Florida legislature enacted a law in late 2003 to delay and decision on
Terri until the legislature could have time to consider
new legislation for all cases.
Gordon Watts and John William Kuworski have questioned the legality of Circuit Judge George W. Greer's various rulings in the case supporting Michael. However, the Court of Appeals has upheld his rulings so far. Terri's family attempted to have Michael removed as Terri's guardian in November, 2002.
Michael Schiavo's attorney George
Felos has been described as a New
Age mystic. Felos says he desires to "litigate
without becoming a combatant.''
He a book, "Litigation as Spiritual Practice", in 2002. Felos also lectures on the topic "The Right to Die". Reader reviews can be found at Target and Legal Libraries. He has also debated the issue.
The ACLU also is supporting Michael Schiavo.
parents question Michael's motives and are concerned her condition
have resulted from his abusive
treatment of her and have expert
opinion supporting them. The Florida courts should have
considered this question before accepting Michael's claims that
Terri wanted to die to avoid the possibility of condoning murder.
They are attempting to have Michael removed as her legal
guardian. There are allegations of medical
Judge Greer did appoint a temporary guardian ad litem, Professor
Jay Wolfson, to prepare a recommendation for Governor Jeb
who wanted answers to various questions
about the case.. Terri's parents questioned
the appointment of Wolfson. Some question whether Wolfson
really be impartial considering that he is associated with the Hospice
previously run by Felos. The Schindler's attorney Pat Anderson
Some former patients claim that the diagnosis of PVS is often wrong.
Contrary to the statements of doctors, people in this condition may be
aware of what is going on around them. They just are unable
to get their bodies to respond.
Disability rights organizations such as Not
Dead Yet: The Resistance strongly object to the way those with
like Terri's are treated. These organizations have issued a joint
statement supporting efforts to keep her alive. Laura
Hershey, who is disabled, has written an essay on the subject.
Many are particularly concerned because Adoph Hitler started his
rampage by killing those he considered "mentally
Sara Green Mele,MS,CCC-SLP of Northwestern University's Rehabilitation
Institute of Chicago says in an affadavit
that she believes Terri can be helped. The Rehabilitation
is involved in developing brain
wave based technology.
Other brain wave research is oriented to helping patients who cannot communicate with the outside world to communicate via computers.
Gordon Watts has two web sites with numerous links to pages about Terri:
Inclusion Daily.com has links to many articles about Terri.
The Freerepublic site also has
The story has been covered by the
BBC and PBS.
Terri's family has arranged secret
therapy for her that seems to be helping.
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