Skip to comments.Terri Schiavo — A Tragedy Compounded
Posted on 04/21/2005 9:07:43 AM PDT by bookworm100
...Distortion by interest groups, media hyperbole, and manipulative use of videotape characterized this case and demonstrate what can happen when a patient becomes more a precedent-setting symbol than a unique human being...
(Excerpt) Read more at content.nejm.org ...
Nope. No possible pro-euthinasia bias there! (/s)
The neurologist and the radiologist chosen by the patient's parents and siblings, the Schindler family, disagreed and suggested that Ms. Schiavo's condition might improve with unproven therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen or vasodilators but had no objective data to support their assertions.
So why not try? She wasn't suffering, so there was all the time in the world to attempt to help her. Why rush her through a death sentence when she had committed no crime?
Even a mass murdering terrorist gets out of the death penalty if one person on the jury disagrees with it!!!
There's absolutely no excuse for her murder.
I read the propaganda piece. This is a Death Culture "doctor" who is hot to trot for involutary euthansia, as a bookend to his abortionist industry colleagues. All these "doctors" act in complete violation of basic human decency and the Hippocratic Oath.
I totally agree. There is no excuse for what happened to her and I am appalled that it could happen in the USA.
The "spin" for the doctors is amazing.
Among other things he said, I found this to be interesting: "Although I did not examine her, from the data I reviewed, I have no doubt that Terri Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state and that her cognitive and neurologic functions were unfortunately not going to improve."
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Her family and the public should be reassured and educated that dying in this way can be a natural, humane process (humans died in this way for thousands of years before the advent of feeding tubes).
Not so. Thousands of years ago, patients like this wouldn't have survived the initial trauma. It is a uniquely modern dilemma that we can stabilize the health of someone who is so very seriously functionally impaired.
Doctors are profesionally offended by patients who have no prospect of improvement, and deeply offended to have their pronouncements questioned. This one is no different.
Having viewed some of the highly edited videotaped material of Terri Schiavo and having seen other patients in a persistent vegetative state, I am not surprised that family members and others unfamiliar with this condition would interpret some of her apparent alertness and movement as meaningful.
That's why, you should read the ENTIRE paragraph on his basis.
Oh, brother! This is so disgusting. They killed her and she wasn't even sick.
I read it and sent a nasty email to them. There are too many doctors out there that think they are God. They need to realize they are the instruments of God.
I already told my son, who is in an EMT and studying to be a paramedic that I don't want to find out he helped starve and dehydrate some poor helpless person. He started to laugh but then realized how dead serious I was. He promised he would never help in that type of situation.
Agreed, euthanasia is murder, plain and simple.
Michael Schiavo's pet doctors are notorious patient killers. And so is the New England Journal of Medicine, which pioneered medical euthanasia and assisted suicide.
You can expect nothing else from this journal, which has long been in the forefront of the Culture of Death.
>>"Although I did not examine her, from the data I reviewed, I have no doubt that Terri Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative
that's pretty telling... doctor shortcuts... don't look at the patient, just look at her charts that Michael purged of all POSITIVE comments each day.
>>and Ms. Schiavo's attending physician all agreed that her condition met the criteria for a persistent vegetative state.
they are torturing comments from different timeframes.
In 2002, Greer planned to use the 5 doctors + the attending
to determine her PVS status. 6 doctors total.
But after hearing her attending exclaim surprise at how aware she seems to be, Greer changed gears, tossed out the attending physician,
and formed his opinion based on the 3-to-2 results from just the other doctors.
Would Dr. Quill be surprised that this woman recovered?
What the doctor appears to be saying is that this was a quality of life case in which the quality of the life didn't come up to his subjective standards. That's all.
It is worse than that. She was not diagnosed as having such a disorder. It is not a fact, but it is a supposition in order to explain her collapse.
He conveniently ignores the fact that there was not CLEAR evidence that Terri would wish to be starved. He conveniently ignores the fact that this was a precedent setting case to put the "Hearsay evidence" on the books for precedence.
He conveniently ignores the fact of Terri's religious beliefs that would not want her starved/dehydrated to death.
He also conveniently ignores the fact that Felos was very involved in the euthanasia movement, that laws had been systematically adjusted to allow hearsay evidence rather than proof. How? By an end-of-life panel which was given law making ability without oversight of the legislature. Euthanasists are on the panel.
So, just ignore what you wish and make a decision. Seems that is exactly how Terri was killed.
Odd that Quill titled his work "Terri Schiavo - A Tragedy Compounded". He is compounding it further by putting this garbage in print.
After reading this 'doctor's' submission, I have, without examining him, determined that he exhibits no cortical function. Since his quality of life cannot be expected to improve, he should be locked in a room sans food and water until such time all natural bodily functions cease. Since some moveable 'quality of life' standard seems to be what they desire to use, it can be manipulated to include anyone that they wish offed for being a 'useless eater'. Oh, joy. And its all 'legal'. More joy.
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