or AAPS, claims the opposite is true: “Dehydration is a cruel,
“It is unconscionable that the state ordered removal of her feeding tube in
the first place – it’s nothing less than state-sponsored euthanasia,” maintains
Orient. “She is not dependent on advanced medical interventions. Nothing is
mechanically pumping her blood, or forcing oxygen into her lungs. She is
simply being fed through a gastrostomy tube.”
Last week the General Assembly of the Catholic Medical Association passed a resolution that concurred with Orient’s view. It declared removal of Terri’s feeding tube “without first undertaking rehabilitation therapy to ascertain her ability to swallow and digest nourishment” constitutes “depriving her of life without due process of law,” according to Florida Statutes Section 744, 3211.
Would we allow a retarded child to be starved to death?” queries Orient. “Where are the ‘compassionate end-of-life’ groups such as the Robert Wood Johnson ‘Last Acts’ initiative, and why aren’t they weighing in on this?”
Multiple physicians solicited by the Schindlers believe Terri, who vocalizes,
laughs and appears to respond to her parents, could be rehabilitated to some
extent. Some have even offered pro bono treatment, even though Michael
Schiavo was awarded nearly $1.5 million dollars in malpractice suits to pay for Terri’s rehabilitation and nursing expenses shortly after her mysterious collapse at home in 1990 during which oxygen was cut off to her brain for several minutes.
physician hired by Michael Schiavo in 1998, testified he was unsure whether
his patient had even had her teeth cleaned in recent years and said she hadn’t
received therapy. He said he accepted Michael Schiavo’s word that therapy
had been deemed unnecessary.
“Although severely disabled, some believe that she does have the capacity
to communicate a desire to live. The husband has obstructed efforts at
rehabilitation or independent assessments of his wife’s true state,” continues
WorldNetDaily reports the family has been blocked by Michael Schiavo from visiting Terri at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla., where she was transferred. Their inability to verify she is being rehydrated per Bush’s order concerns them. As of yesterday morning, they reported she was awake and appeared alert, although shrunken.
Felos told reporters yesterday Terri was showing signs of massive organ failure and said the reinsertion of the feeding tube was just prolonging her death.
AAPS, a non-partisan, professional association of physicians dedicated to
protecting the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship put out a warning to
colleagues: “The ethical question for her nurses and physicians is whether
they will cooperate in carrying out a death warrant.
“And the ethical question for all of us is whether we will allow the state
to obstruct the efforts of people who want to provide medical care to a patient
who wants to receive it,” said Orient. “If we go down that path, who’s to say
what treatment the state will prevent you from getting?”
Updates and other information about Terri’s fight for life are posted on the