Skip to comments.Terri Schindler-Schiavo Lies of Michael Schiavo
Posted on 10/12/2004 10:17:22 AM PDT by amdgmary
Dear Friends of Terri:
On October 20, 2003, Michael Schiavo offered his comments about Terri in an article published by the Tampa Tribune.
I have compiled a review from Terri's medical records of how the facts were actually stated by Terri's health care providers versus the false statements made by Michael Schiavo.
What you are about to read depicts the lies from Terri's estranged husband as he has consistently portrayed them in the Florida courts in order to rationalize HIS desires to cease all of Terri's therapies and to remove her feeding tube and have her die by starvation and dehydration.
I warn you that what you are about to read is not only sad, but extremely tragic.
Every day that Terri is forced to remain under the guardianship of Michael Schiavo, she is deprived of the many available therapies due her and her life remains in constant jeopardy.
As a Registered Nurse, patient advocate and friend of Terri, I ask you to please join me in my Fight4Terri by sharing her story with as many people as you know and by supporting her foundation at www.terrisfight.org
Please visit www.Fight4Terri.blogspot.com to review Terri's Exit Protocol written by Woodside Hospice.
Cheryl Ford RN Fight4Terri@aol.com
*** FACTS VERSUS LIES BY CHERYL FORD RN
Statement By Michael Schiavo
Published on Oct 20, 2003
Statement By Michael Schiavo - from Tampa Bay Online
Last Wednesday, my wife's feeding tube was removed. For over 6 years, I have struggled with the Schindlers in court. On Wednesday, I joined them in grief. I understand what the Schindlers are going through at this time. I feel the same loss.
For years after this happened to Terri, I tried desperately to find a cure for her. I went from one doctor to another.
Almost all of them told me there was no possibility she would recover.
FACT - 05/20/1990 ---DR. NEWHART-- The brain cells that control body function were not as seriously affected as initially diagnosed Consequently, it is anticipated that Terri should regain full use of her body.
FACT - 06/27/1990 ---- DR. BARAS-- had been seen by me at College Harbor and started to make improvement. Started to show some vocalization where she will say "no" and occasionally has some voluntary movement on command of eyes and mouth as reported by husband and mother.
FACT - 06-28-1990 --- DR. THACKER Moaning type vocalizations initially; no sign of excess secretions requiring frequent suctioning; intermittently swallows, probably swallows her saliva without any trouble.
FACT -- 07-10-1990 ---- DR. BARAS --Purposeful movement in right upper extremity as seen by P.T. O.T. and me Flexing right elbow not as a reflex, but voluntarily.
FACT-- 08/25/1990 DISCHARGE SUMMARY FROM BAYFRONT MEDICAL. Patient did show some improvement in range of motion.
FACT -- 01/01/1991 PHYSICAL THERAPY _EVAL---Turns head from noxious stimuli.
FACT -- 01/29/1991---- DR. ALCAZARAN --Meadowbrok California. Noted increased alertness, turns head toward voice, turns head from tactile stimulation. sucking, and rooting response to olfactory stimulation. spontaneously vocalied. Good cough. Some visual tracking.
FACT- - 02-1/1991 ---Physical Therapy Notes -- Alert throughout treatment session, responds to pain, moaning, turns head from noxious stimuli.
FACT-- 02/15/1991 --- PSYCHOLOGY NOTES WRITTEN BY PATTI SHOOK ---Terri's eye opening responses were her strongest. Terri's tactile responses were her best, with other four modalities only 1 to 2 points behind. This level of functioning is appropriate for a sensory stimulation program.
FACT-- 02/1/1992--THERAPEUTIC NOTES BY SHERRI LAGE --Patient appeared to focus on several pictures of family for 10 seconds, appeared to slightly track to left each session, but inconsistent Quick startle response to all auditory stimuli, occasionally moves head from tactile stimuli.
FACT -- 02/20/1991-- PHYSICAL THERAPY NOTES -- Patient has made significant gains since admission in all areas of range of motion.
FACT -- 03/19/1991--- SPEECH LANGUAGE NOTES -- Occasionally responds to request to verbalize, swallow and move arms.
FACT -- 06/17/1991 --- TREATMENT PLAN REVIEW -- Vocalizing when prone in PT., occasionally will say "stop" to nurse doing procedures.
Michael Schiavo's statement, "Any doctor that gave me a glimmer of hope that some new treatment or therapy would work was given free reign with Terri. I would do anything to make her well."
FACT-- 3/26/1991 ---Nurses Notes--- Terri's side rail on her bed found down after Michael left. When told about it, he replied that "that was their job.
FACT -- 1993 CAROLYN JOHNSON-- No therapy per husbands orders. Dr's orders over ridden. Patient kept in isolation, no stimulation.
FACT-- APRIL 1995-JULY 1996 -- CARLA SAUER AFFIDAVIT MICHAEL ORDERS NO REHAB; NO RANGE OF MOTION;NO NOTHING.
PATIENT ALERT AND ORIENTED, SPOKE REGULARLY "MOMMA, "MOMMY' "HELP ME"
Michael stated, "I took Terri to California. I stayed with her while doctors performed an experimental procedure to implant electrodes in her brain to stimulate its function. I spent months working with her -hopeful of a cure. Months later, the doctors told me the electrodes were not working."
"I took Terri to Mediplex, in Bradenton, Florida, which is a residential rehabilitation facility that specializes in brain injuries. She spent months there in intensive physical, speech, and occupational therapy and testing."
"Finally, the doctors and therapist told me and the Schindlers they could do nothing more for her. I hired a private duty aide 8 hours a day to take Terri on outings to parks and museums trying to stimulate her - looking for any sign of life, any flicker of hope. There was none - ever."
FACT 03/15/1991 Therapeutic notes Laura Mizell -- Patient has displayed an increase in eye opening since last 30 day summary, Patient responses to auditory stimulation are at the point that they are almost auditorily defensive. During recent outings, rugby games kept eyes closed to and from game...beach visit she was more aroused.
FACT 03/11/1991 Summary of all departments--- 2 point increases in vocalization and eye opening, motor responses. Tactile increased 3 points. Overall her general responsiveness score increased slightly from 19 to 23.
Michael stated, "Over the years, I had three swallowing tests performed on Terri in the hope that some of the therapies would allow her to be weaned off the feeding tube. The test all showed no change, and I was advised she could not swallow food. Even now, the nursing home staff says that sometimes Terri gags and chokes on the moisture from the swabs they use to moisten her lips."
FACT--March to mid summer 1997 -- Heidi Law Affidavit -- Patient did not like the taste of the teeth cleaning swabs or mouthwash. Did like the smell and feel of her lotion. Liked to have her hair combed. Did not like being tucked in. She would suck on ice chips and swallow ice water, orange juice or apple juice in her washcloth to give her something nice to taste, which made her happy. On three or four occasions, I personally fed Terri small amounts of Jello which she was able to swallow and enjoyed immensely.
Michael Schiavo stated, "The reports you heard from nursing home aides that Terri was responsive years ago are not true. I would give anything if they were."
EXCERPTS THAT WERE TAKEN FROM MICHAEL SCHIAVO'S JOURNAL
4/16/1991 -- BECAME EVERY EXCITED, CRIED, FACIAL EXPRESSION, TEARS, WHINING.
4/17/1991 -- SITTING IN A CHAIR, HOLDING LEGS TOGETHER, HOLDING HER OWN HEAD UP, RESPONSE TO EVERY NOISE SHE HEARS, TASTED EXTRACTS, SWALLOWED. MIXED UP DAYS AND NIGHTS
4/25/1991 MS TALKING TO HER, SHE THEN LIFTED HEAD OFF AND AWAY FROM CHAIR. I ASKED HER IS SHE WANTED TO GET UP. SHE NODDED. I ASKED HER A MINUTE LATER, SHE DID THE SAME MOTION.
4/26/1991 JOHN (NURSE) SAYS EVERY TIME HE IS HERE TERRI SQUEEZES HIS HAND WHEN ASKED.
5/1/1991 - LAST FEW DAYS TERRI HAS BECOME A LITTLE MORE ALERT. SHE WILL MOVE HER HEAD FROM SIDE TO SIDE. WHEN OUT IN WHEELCHAIR, SHE WILL HOLD HER OWN HEAD UP FOR THE PERIOD SHE IS OUT. STILL MIXES UP DAYS AND NIGHTS.
5/2/1991- ASLEEP, SEEMS TO DO A LOT OF DREAMING, HEAD WILL MOVE BACK AND FORTH, TOES, LEGS,ARMS,FINGER, ETC WILL DO ALOT OF MOVING. TERRI DOES REAL WELL WITH HER EARLY MORNING STROLL.
SHE WILL HOLD HER OWN HEAD UP (UNLESS SHE FALLS ASLEEP) SHE WILL WATCH ALL THE NURSES DO THEIR THING.
Aug - Terri awarded $250,000 in malpractice settlement. Nov - Terri awarded $1.4 million in malpractice trial. Nov - Michael Schiavo awarded $600,000 in malpractice trial.
Feb - Michael Schiavo denies Terri recommended rehabilitation treatment.
It sure does!!!!!!!!
Yes, the tabloids and mainstream papers support euthanasia for OTHERS. It's pretty obvious though that Michael R. Schivao keeps Terri as unattractive as he can.
Hi, TS -- Good morning! / bump for Terri.
Hi, cyn and TS -- Another Good morning! / bump for Terri ;)
Good evening bump to you and to Terri!!!
It just is beyond BELIEF that this is going on!
Several months ago, Deborah Bushnell, the guardianship attorney for Michel Schiavo (and close friend of George Felos), wrote a letter to the attorneys representing Terri's parents accusing Terri's mother of stealing Terri's stuffed animals from her hospice room.
In the letter, Ms. Butchnell demanded that Terri's mom return the stuffed animals to hospice. The stuffed animals actually belong to the Schindlers. They placed it Terri's room while Terri was at Park Place Assisted Living Facility in Clearwater awaiting the renovations at Woodside Hospice. The "alledged stolen" stuffed animals were returned to hospice.
Attorney Deborah Bushnell has written a number of cruel and mean spirted letters to the Schindlers attorneys accusing them of unbelievable things.
Terri's story is on FOX News right now.
I just saw it! Bobby Schindler and attorney David Gibbs were able to get out the fact that death by starvation is barbaric. Gibbs is very eloquent.
I can't bear to watch any other news channels, do you know if they're covering Terri's case too (although I suspect they are not)?
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Terri_Schiavo&oldid=10398064 is the ugly, biased mess that was the Wikipedia article on Terri Schiavo, as of 2 weeks ago.
Wikipedia allows ANYONE to edit ANYTHING, so it is a very strange sort of encyclopedia. I've been trying to fix the Terri Schiavo article (and a few others, like the one on Partial-birth abortion), to make them truthful, accurate, and "NPOV" (neutral point-of-view).
But I'm severely outnumbered. A bunch of pro-death types keep hacking up the articles to make 'em into a Michael Schiavo and NARAL propaganda pieces.
As of a few minutes ago, the Terri Schiavo article wasn't too bad (I just spent hours on it!). But it probably won't last through tomorrow before it is badly vandalized again.
I'd really be grateful for a little help, please!
Here's the Terri Schiavo article (latest version):
Here's the history of that article:
For each Wikipedia article, the "history" page lets you compare any two versions of the article which have ever existed, side-by-side. So you can see what the leftists have been up to. (I'm "NCdave" there, btw). You also can click on any of the date/time-stamps, to view that version.
Wikipedia Fundamentals (notes):
Along with each article is a companion "discussion" page, where you can discuss the changes you are making, too. The way you work it is to click on either the "article" or "discussion" tab. That lets you read the latest version of the article or discussion. Then you can optionally click the "Edit this page" tab to change either the article or the discussion (whichever you are reading). Or you can click the "History" page for a full history of either the article or the discussion (whichever you are reading).
Note: please DON'T put any editorializing on the article page. As Joe Friday would say, "just the facts."
It is of immense importance to understand the actions of the monster who has so devastated Terri and who wants to end her life.
It is hard to grasp the degree of hatred Michael Shiavo holds for Terri and her family.
Ping to this informative thread please.
In my opinion this testimony needs to be emphasized. Sure puts a credibility problem on what he claims were Terri's wishes. WHY is this not being used? Rushy
Testimony of Michael Schiavo, Medical Malpractice Trial
Q. Why did you want to learn to be a nurse?
MS. Because I enjoy it and I want to learn more how to take care of Terri.
Q. You're a young man. Your life is ahead of you. When you look up the road, what do you see for yourself?
MS. I see myself hopefully finishing school and taking care of my wife.
Q. Where do you want to take care of your wife?
MS. I want to bring her home.
Q. If you had the resources available to you, if you had the equipment and the people, would you do that?
MS. Yes, I would, in a heartbeat.
Q. How do you feel about being married to Terri now.
MS. I feel wonderful. She's my life and I wouldn't trade her for the world. I believe in my marriage vows.
Q. You believe in your wedding vows, what do you mean by that?
MS. I believe in the vows I took with my wife, through sickness, in health, for richer or poor. I married my wife because I love her and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I'm going to do that.
(Note: In January of 1993, a jury awarded Michael $350,000 for loss of consortium, and $750,000 went into a medical trust for all of Terri's future rehabilitative care, which was based on the testimony of Michael stating that he wanted to care for Terri for the rest of his life. If Terri should die, Michael would inherit the balance of the trust fund. Not only did Mr. Schiavo not provide Terri with rehabilitation, he has denied his wife any and all therapy, against Doctors' recommendations, since the 1993 malpractice award.)
Just thought this deserved another bump!
Bumping the facts!
The DCF Document includes charges of Lack of Guardianship Reports, as one of the abuses charged.
It's about time.
I get so angry when I read, (in article posted above) that Michael Schiavo, STOPPED TREATMENT AND THERAPY IN 1993.
Imagine how much improvement Terri has been DENIED. If HINO's actions aren't criminal, I don't know what IS.
I agree. Judge Greer/Felos and Michael Schiavo seem to be joined at the hip in their agreement of abusing Terri and now eliminating her by Starvation.
Maybe we all should call the Enquirer and see if they'd take the challenge to Photograph Terri and investigate this case.
HINO needs the National Enquirer on his doorstep.
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