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Study Reveals Disabled Patients Like Terri Schiavo Show Awareness
Lifenews ^ | 2/8/05 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 02/09/2005 6:56:53 AM PST by Former Fetus

Disabled people who are treated as if they have no awareness of their surroundings or that they cannot interact with others may be absorbing more than previously thought, according to a new study. The research sheds more like on the plight of people like Terri Schiavo.

A team of neuroscientists in New York, New Jersey and Washington used imaging technology (MRIs) to compare the brain activity of two disabled people in conditions similar to Terri's and the level of activity of health individuals.

As expected, the minimally conscious subjects showed brain activity at less than half the levels of the healthy subjects.

But, the researchers also made audio recordings of loved ones telling cherished stories or recalling shared experiences. In each of the brain-damaged patients while the recordings played, the level of neural activity matched that of the health patients.

"We assumed we would get some minimal response in these patients, but nothing like this," said Dr. Nicholas Schiff, an assistant professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in Manhattan and the study's lead author.

The findings, if repeated in other experiments, could have a significant impact on how the medical and legal community treat such patients.

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the medical ethics division of New York Presbyterian Hospital, told the New York Times, "This study gave me goose bumps, because it shows this possibility of this profound isolation, that these people are there, that they've been there all along, even though we've been treating them as if they're not."

Since the completion of the study, researchers focused on seven additional disabled patients and the results were the same.

Three million to six million Americans live with the consequences of serious brain injuries and as many as 100,000 to 300,000 are like Terri Schiavo -- minimally conscience and in a bedridden state. They are unable to care for themselves, but are still breathing on their own and may interacted in a limited manner.

The results of the study appeared Monday in the medical journal Neurology.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: righttolife; terri; terrischiavo
I know this is just what Terri's parents have been saying for years, but I can only hope and pray that this evidence will be admissible in court.
1 posted on 02/09/2005 6:56:53 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

My God.


2 posted on 02/09/2005 7:13:57 AM PST by Electrowoman
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To: Ohioan from Florida

Terri PING!!!!

This could be good news if the can get the right people to listen.


3 posted on 02/09/2005 7:30:01 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Never play leapfrog with a unicorn!)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; floriduh voter; phenn; cyn; FreepinforTerri; kimmie7; Pegita; ...

Thanks for the ping!

Terri ping to another thread, same topic, other FReepers to converse with.

If anyone would like to be added to or removed from my Terri ping list, please let me know by FReepmail!


4 posted on 02/09/2005 9:30:16 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Former Fetus; Electrowoman

Here's links to other threads on this same topic.

yesterday's thread:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1338446/posts


another thread started today:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1339431/posts


5 posted on 02/09/2005 9:33:40 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Former Fetus

I have always believed this was true. It is good this information is being released at this time.


6 posted on 02/09/2005 9:48:03 AM PST by TAdams8591 (The call you make may be the one that saves Terri's life!!!!!!)
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To: Former Fetus

How CONVEEEEEENIENT. Keep grasping at straws. There are things worse than death, my friends. When you accept we are all going to die, maybe you can show some compassion for those who believe death is a better place than where they are now. I believe that's called religion.


7 posted on 02/09/2005 9:50:30 AM PST by Hildy ( To work is to dance, to live is to worship, to breathe is to love.)
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To: Former Fetus

Up to 300,000 people are in situations like Terri's? May the Lord protect them.


8 posted on 02/09/2005 9:54:32 AM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie)
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To: Hildy

thats pretty cold and callous. If the findings are correct maybe more research can be done to help these people so they are not left to wither away


9 posted on 02/09/2005 9:57:04 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: Hildy
There are things worse than death, my friends.

Yes, there are. Being kept alive without receiving therapy is one of them. Being treated as if you aren't human or alive, when you are, is another of them. We should be doing more to help people recover, than to keep them in their disabilities. Being disabled is hard enough. It would royally stink to remain there when it's not necessary.

When you accept we are all going to die, maybe you can show some compassion for those who believe death is a better place than where they are now. I believe that's called religion.

I believe we will die when God says it's time, not some man or some committee. If God wanted Terri, I have no doubt that He could stop her heart from beating this very instant, and her family would know that she died of natural causes and not unnatural ones.

10 posted on 02/09/2005 10:17:38 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Ohioan from Florida

Well said. Thanks for the ping.


11 posted on 02/09/2005 10:28:30 AM PST by msp2004
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To: Ohioan from Florida

That's ridiculous. When man started intervening, we took that decision away from God.


12 posted on 02/09/2005 10:29:52 AM PST by Hildy ( To work is to dance, to live is to worship, to breathe is to love.)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; CindyDawg
"But, the researchers also made audio recordings of loved ones telling cherished stories or recalling shared experiences. In each of the brain-damaged patients while the recordings played, the level of neural activity matched that of the health patients."

Thanks for the ping.

We were reminded to be careful and sensitive always of what we said around seemingly insensible patients, regardless of setting or situation.

13 posted on 02/09/2005 11:15:37 AM PST by cyn
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To: cyn
"...insensible patients..."

In Terri's case, medical records and photos (including the ones from '91 that were used in the malpractice trials) show that she responds to people, iow, not in a coma, not in PVS.


14 posted on 02/09/2005 11:24:50 AM PST by cyn
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To: Hildy
When man started intervening, we took that decision away from God

Don't you see the difference between "intervening" by giving medical treatment, therapy... or "intervening" to purposely cause death? Life is a God-given right and man has no right to "intervene" (Thou shall not kill!) As for whether it is better to be dead than severely disabled, "who has made man's mouth? or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?" Ex. 4:11

15 posted on 02/09/2005 12:20:20 PM PST by Former Fetus (fetuses are 100% pro-life, they just don't vote yet!)
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To: Ohioan from Florida; Former Fetus
Thank you for the Ping, Ohioan! This Article, and the one that was similar to it, Prove what a Lot of us already Knew: they are in there. Those who Pretend our Terri is "dead" need to read this!
16 posted on 02/09/2005 12:43:20 PM PST by Kitty Mittens
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To: Hildy

BS. He's still God!


17 posted on 02/09/2005 12:52:47 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: cyn

You're back!!! Yay! Missed you!


18 posted on 02/09/2005 12:59:45 PM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Ohioan from Florida

BUMP


19 posted on 02/10/2005 4:51:55 AM PST by Dante3
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To: Ohioan from Florida

Bump!


20 posted on 02/10/2005 6:29:07 AM PST by windchime (Hillary: "I've always been a preying person")
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To: Kitty Mittens; Former Fetus; boxerblues; Electrowoman; msp2004
pc93 reporting!

FOR LOCAL AND NON-LOCAL (GLOBAL) DISTRIBUTION:

Here is the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Life Ribbon Desktop Logo with instructions on how to get it on your screen. Also contains an exhortation to the Florida House Representatives and Senators of the FL Senate as well as contact numbers of officials to call, including links to The Empire Journal, terrisfight.org and Free Republic, etc.:

http://www.enlightenment-engine.net/eeng/ribbon/terriliferibbondesktoplogo.zip

Here is a flyer for Terri that can be printed out and distributed:

http://www.enlightenment-engine.net/eeng/ribbon/terriflyer.pdf

Here is html code if you have a webpage and would like to participate in the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Life Ribbon Campaign besides the above of having a Terri Life Ribbon on your own computer:

Copy and paste the following text into your HTML web page code where you want the Terri Schindler Life Ribbon banner to appear:

Join the Terri Schindler Life Ribbon Campaign
Join the Terri Schindler Life Ribbon Campaign!

If instead you simply want to have the Terri Schindler Life Ribbon appearing on your web page then use this code:
Join the Terri Schindler Life Ribbon Campaign

Terri Schindler Life Ribbon Campaign


Terri Schindler-Schiavo Life Ribbon Campaign:

Google -> Life Ribbon

or:

http://bellsouthpwp.net/p/c/pc93/terri_schindler_life_ribbon_campaign.htm

Juan V Schoch - Lake Mary, FL
Concerned Florida Resident / United States Citizen who believes Terri should be provided protection, removed from out of the hands of those trying to kill her via substituted (hearsay) wishes, and who believes she should be placed back on the road to her recovery via rehabilitation and therapy, etc. as well as into the hands of her loved ones, etc.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333205/posts

Florida House Could Impeach Schiavo Judge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1342344/posts?page=1#1

21 posted on 02/13/2005 3:47:47 PM PST by pc93
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To: pc93

Thank you, Pc!


22 posted on 02/13/2005 4:54:27 PM PST by Kitty Mittens
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