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Supporters of the late Terri Schiavo charge the ex-wife of lawyer George Felos is attempting to capitalize on the case of the brain-injured woman who starved to death after a court ordered removal of her feeding tube.
Dunedin, Fla., attorney Constance d’Angelis was married to Felos, who represented Terri’s husband Michael Schiavo.
When Terri Schiavo’s condition was argued in court, d’Angelis presented a CT Scan and other medical records to assert Terri was in a “persistent vegetative state.”
Now, d’Angelis claims she will be available to interpret the anticipated medical examiner’s report.
According to a statement, “Upon the release of the autopsy report, [d’Angelis] can analyze the results and weigh in on the important matters of how — by reason, not emotion — the ‘persistent vegetative state’ diagnosis of Terri Schiavo was arrived at, and why.”
But the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation argues, “not only was d’Angelis co-counsel to George Felos during the guardianship proceedings on behalf of Michael Schiavo, she is not qualified to interpret or analyze a medical examiner’s report. She is only licensed as an attorney and as a massage therapist.”
D’Angelis is the former owner of lovinglawsuits.com and the author of “Pancha Karma — A Life Changing Experience.” She aided Felos in the 1998 petition to remove “artificial life support” from Terri Schiavo, although the law at that time did not provide for removal of a feeding tube under Terri’s circumstances.
In February 2000, Pinellas County probate Judge George W. Greer ordered the tube removed. D’Angelis argued the decision was sustained throughout numerous appeals in both the state and federal courts.
The Schindler-Schiavo Foundation says, however, she “fails to make clear that no federal court has ever reviewed either Terri’s case or the medical evidence presented to the lower court. Instead, they have declined jurisdiction.”
The group concludes “d’Angelis is either attempting to capitalize on this tragic situation or preparing to support her former husband’s contentions on a subject matter she is wholly unqualified to remark on.”
“The former Mrs. Felos is not a doctor, a surgeon, a pathologist or even an orderly,” said Pamela Hennessy, media coordinator for the foundation. “She is a massage therapist. Certainly, she can lend absolutely no analysis or insight into the results of the medical examiner’s report. Rather, she can only recant what her former husband suggests as the truth to Terri’s condition. Medical analysis is best left to medical practitioners and not lawyers.”
Terri Schiavo died March 31, two weeks after her feeding tube was removed, ending more than a decade of bitter legal wrangling over her life between Michael Schiavo and Terri’s parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, who insisted their daughter had a strong will to live.
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Court documents and other information are posted on the Schindler family website.
Links to all “Terri briefs” regarding the governor’s defense of Terri’s Law are on the Florida Supreme Court website, public information.