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Terri Schiavo Still Responsive Despite Three Days of Starvation
LifeNews ^ | 21 March 2005 | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 03/21/2005 1:18:51 PM PST by Lexinom

Terri Schiavo Still Responsive Despite Three Days of Starvation

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 21, 2005


Pinellas Park, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Terri Schiavo is still responsive and in good spirits despite being deprived of food and water for three days, her parents said on Monday. She is also looking forward to receiving nutrition and seemed pleased to hear President Bush signed a bill helping her do that.

Terri's father joked around with Terri in an early Monday morning visit and told her to get ready for him to take her to breakfast, he told news outlets in an interview.

"I told her if she was ready, to take a ride to get some breakfast, and she gave a great smile," Bob Schindler said outside Woodside Hospice where Terri lives.

Schindler said Terri is beginning to show signs of the effects of the dehydration on her body. He told the Associated Press that Terri appears to be tired, but eventually responded to his teasing by making a face at him.

"It tells us she's still with us,'' he said.

Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri's sister, also participated in the visit and told Terri news of the president signing a bill on her behalf allowing her parents to take their case to prevent her starvation to federal courts.

"She seemed to be very pleased, and we're pleased," Bob Schindler said of telling Terri the news, according to a report by the French Press Agency.

Meanwhile, the Family Research Council says it has obtained an exclusive audiotape from Terri's hospice room of her interacting with her family on Friday afternoon two hours following the removal of her feeding tube.

"This authentic audio file is disturbing to hear, but it is certainly testimony that Terri Schiavo is NOT in a 'persistent vegetative state,'" FRC president Tony Perkins said.

The pro-life group says the audio file is located on its web site, but the site was unresponsive at press time.

Just before representatives of her estranged husband Michael removed her feeding tube Friday afternoon, Terri Schiavo reportedly told an attorney for her parents that she wanted to live.

Barbara Weller, one of the attorneys for Terri's parents Bob and Mary Schindler, told reporters about her visit with Terri on Friday.

"Terri, if you would just say, 'I want to live,' all of this will be over," she told the disabled woman.

Weller said Terri desperately tried to repeat Weller's words.

"'I waaaaannt ...,' Schiavo allegedly said. Weller described it as a prolonged yell that was loud enough that police stationed nearby entered the hospice room.

"She just started yelling, 'I waaaannt, I waaaannt,'" Weller explained.

At that point, police removed Weller from Terri's hospice room and, later, her feeding tube was removed.

Related web sites:
Terri's parents - http://www.terrisfight.org
Family Research Council - http://www.frc.org


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: dehydration; frc; help; schiavo; starvation; terri; terrischiavo; theonion
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1 posted on 03/21/2005 1:19:02 PM PST by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

What is taking this judge sooo long??? I'm getting nervous here!


2 posted on 03/21/2005 1:20:10 PM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: Lexinom

Weird.


3 posted on 03/21/2005 1:22:35 PM PST by marvlus
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To: areafiftyone

I agree.


4 posted on 03/21/2005 1:22:43 PM PST by bperiwinkle7 ("In the beginning was the Word.....")
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To: Lexinom

How does Terri respond when someone asks her to blink or squeeze a hand to indicate her reply to a question? Isn't this the method used with patients who can't talk?


5 posted on 03/21/2005 1:23:02 PM PST by edweena
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To: bperiwinkle7

He was supposed to get the case at 3:00 EST. It is now 4:23 EST.


6 posted on 03/21/2005 1:23:40 PM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: edweena

In her case it doesn't apply because she can talk.


7 posted on 03/21/2005 1:23:44 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: areafiftyone

Judge should be denied food and water while he reviews the case. That ought to focus his mind........


8 posted on 03/21/2005 1:24:00 PM PST by Conservative Goddess (Veritas vos Liberabit, in Vino, Veritas....QED, Vino vos Liberabit)
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To: areafiftyone

Clintonistas have two gears: in-Dem-favor, not-in-Dem-Favor.

The first is greezed lighting and the second is glacial.


9 posted on 03/21/2005 1:24:28 PM PST by JFK_Lib
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To: areafiftyone

I heard on Rush that the Fed judge appointed to this case is a Clinton appointment. I don't know if this is cause for concern; but I am nervous as well. She has gone three days without food.


10 posted on 03/21/2005 1:25:04 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: areafiftyone

Clinton appointee.


11 posted on 03/21/2005 1:26:17 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: duckman

bump


12 posted on 03/21/2005 1:26:45 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: All

From what I have been reading, the hearing convened at 3:08 and the judge gave each side 1/2 hour to present their case. This is driving me bonkers!


13 posted on 03/21/2005 1:27:14 PM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: areafiftyone

The only thing i can think of that would be good is that he's letting her lawyers talk a lot.


14 posted on 03/21/2005 1:27:37 PM PST by bperiwinkle7 ("In the beginning was the Word.....")
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To: Conservative Goddess

As it does indeed. That's what fasting is all about.


15 posted on 03/21/2005 1:30:14 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: areafiftyone

Judge is hoping she dies while he takes his time, imo. Just as Barney Frank hoped when he drew out the House vote.


16 posted on 03/21/2005 1:31:57 PM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: Lexinom

I heard one of her lawyers interviewed on Dennis Prager's radio program this morning. The lawyer complained that a ruling was expected this morning, but the case was assigned to a "slow judge" who is taking his sweet time. News that the judge is also a Clinton appointee now gives me cause for worry.


17 posted on 03/21/2005 1:34:35 PM PST by Taft in '52
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To: Soul Seeker

((((shudder))))


18 posted on 03/21/2005 1:35:03 PM PST by areafiftyone (The Democrat's Mind: The Hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinning!)
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To: duckman
"...Clinton appointment. I don't know if this is cause for concern; but I am nervous..."

It's definitely a cause for concern and I am despondent. Pray!

19 posted on 03/21/2005 1:35:56 PM PST by penowa
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To: penowa

Im usually way right on the issues but in this case i think they should pull the plug. I mean that is no way to live. If she was a dog she'd be long dead by now.


20 posted on 03/21/2005 1:46:02 PM PST by ONTHEFIFTY
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

Pull what plug??


21 posted on 03/21/2005 1:47:44 PM PST by AirForceMom (The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Conservative Goddess

I agree with you whole-heartedly. Deny him golf at the Country Club, and lock up the liquor cabinet until a ruling is made. Come on this woman is brain damaged not brain dead. Feed her already!!!!


22 posted on 03/21/2005 1:49:19 PM PST by duck duck goose
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

there is no "plug", that is the problemmmm


23 posted on 03/21/2005 1:50:10 PM PST by Fudd Fan (MaryJo Kopechne needed an "exit strategy")
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

there is no "plug"


24 posted on 03/21/2005 1:50:49 PM PST by Fudd Fan (MaryJo Kopechne needed an "exit strategy")
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To: Lexinom
In her case it doesn't apply because she can talk.

If she can talk, why can't she eat? Why haven't they just wheeled her into the courtroom? That would seem to do it.

25 posted on 03/21/2005 1:51:05 PM PST by topcat54
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

You would think so, by the way she's described on TV and in print media.


26 posted on 03/21/2005 1:51:17 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: penowa

The judge passed the word that he is working as fast as he can and for Terri to "put some ice on it"!


27 posted on 03/21/2005 1:51:52 PM PST by Edmund Burke
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To: topcat54
She hasn't been wheeled into the courtroom because Michael has not allowed repairs for her broken wheelchair.

She can't eat because she's not had the therapy which can restore her swalling abilities.

It's stunning how her lack of improvement - without therapy - is being used as an argument to kill her ("let her die" is specious because she isn't terminal).

28 posted on 03/21/2005 1:54:02 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: Lexinom

DEATH-O-CRATS
WE CHOOSE DEATH FOR YOU, LIFE FOR US

29 posted on 03/21/2005 1:54:29 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Edmund Burke

What does that mean...?


30 posted on 03/21/2005 1:54:46 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: duckman

I haven't been following this closely today. But what happens if the federal judge rules that the tube must remain detached?


31 posted on 03/21/2005 1:56:51 PM PST by oceanview
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To: duckman

She has gone three days without food.

She has gone three days without water. Removal of the feeding tube means that Terri will die of thirst.

32 posted on 03/21/2005 2:00:47 PM PST by elli1
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To: Lexinom

That's what Bill Clinton said to Juanita Broderick in the hotel room after he attacked and raped her.


33 posted on 03/21/2005 2:01:02 PM PST by Edmund Burke
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To: PhilDragoo

is that a real quote fromt he judge?


34 posted on 03/21/2005 2:02:03 PM PST by KOZ.
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To: KOZ.

Yes. That is Judge George W. Greer in court in 2001.


35 posted on 03/21/2005 2:03:42 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: AirForceMom

"Pull the plug"

Another case of Cranial Rectosis!


36 posted on 03/21/2005 2:04:43 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: topcat54

Becasue Michael won't allow her to be fed solid food. Carla Iyer signed an affidavit that she fed terri Jell-O. But it would anger Schiavo if he found out.


37 posted on 03/21/2005 2:07:17 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Lexinom

Sounds like her body has not given up on the fight for life.


38 posted on 03/21/2005 2:09:13 PM PST by buffyt (If we stop fighting the terrorists, the world will die.)
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

"...but in this case i think they should pull the plug."

I guess you just heard about this case this morning. Otherwise you would not make such a blatantly uninformed statement. There is no "plug."


39 posted on 03/21/2005 2:12:27 PM PST by SerpentDove (Mmmm....."Our Own")
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To: Lexinom

This is very good news!


40 posted on 03/21/2005 2:13:18 PM PST by ex-Texan (Mathew 7:1 through 6)
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To: oceanview

I think that's the end of the road for her. Sad.


41 posted on 03/21/2005 2:15:05 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

No plug! Terri is being starved to death! That's no way to DIE!

She tries to talk in response to people! Have any of your vegetables tried talking to you lately?


42 posted on 03/21/2005 2:26:23 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: areafiftyone

43 posted on 03/21/2005 2:28:14 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Lexinom

But if she can talk why isn't there any record of her words to the doctors who examined her? If she can talk, why can't a doctor or judge ask her what her wishes are about the feeding tube?

If the part of her brain controlling speech is damaged, she can communicate by other means. Just because she can't control her breath and tongue movements doesn't mean she can't control her hand or eyelids. I can't believe they didn't try communicating with her in other ways. They have devices now that allow people to "speak" by focusing their eyes on words and letters, or even just changing their expression.

http://www.beachbrowser.com/Archives/Science-and-Health/August-2000/Cyberlink-Interface-for-Quadriplegic.htm


44 posted on 03/21/2005 2:36:46 PM PST by edweena
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To: Lexinom
Why is it that for every one of these stories I see about Terri, I also see a "Michael won't let the parents see Terri" story?

I'm just guessing, but I don't think all these stories are true...

45 posted on 03/21/2005 2:39:13 PM PST by lugsoul (Until at last I threw down my enemy and smote his ruin on the mountainside.)
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To: edweena
We don't need a doctor's record when it's on video.

http://johnsipos.com/terrivideos/

46 posted on 03/21/2005 2:47:42 PM PST by Lexinom (You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.)
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To: ONTHEFIFTY

Nice to know you have no more regard for human life than an animal. How very left-wing.


47 posted on 03/21/2005 5:08:34 PM PST by penowa
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To: Edmund Burke

Sounds like somebody associated with the Clintons. He'll reach his decision as soon as he's notified that she is dead. Hey, what's the rush?


48 posted on 03/21/2005 5:12:24 PM PST by penowa
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To: penowa

Pull the plug was just a figure of speech. What Im trying to say that for me in her current state is no way to live. Show me the quality of life there. She is basically a vegetable. They should just shoot her up with a cocktail and put her out of her misery. God forbid Im ever in her shoes I hope someone does that for me.

As to the dog comment, I meant it as I know of no individual that would keep a pet alive under such circumstances. It says something about the duality of man and how hypocritcal of a society we can be.

And dont call me left of center. My politics are quite to the right and you can check my other posts to back that up. Dont be so quick to tote the party line however. Learn to think for yourself.


49 posted on 03/22/2005 10:59:19 AM PST by ONTHEFIFTY
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To: penowa

Damn right I have no regard for some human life. I hope we hunt down every Al Qaeda and terrorist swine on the face of the earth and execute them, than bury them in pig skins.


50 posted on 03/22/2005 11:01:49 AM PST by ONTHEFIFTY
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