Skip to comments.Parents' plea to Michael Schiavo: 'Tell us where Terri's ashes are
Posted on 05/07/2005 11:22:02 PM PDT by kingattax
The family of Terri Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged woman who died in March after her feeding tube was removed, say that they have no idea where her ashes have been laid to rest.
Giving their first interview since the tube was removed at the request of Mrs Schiavo's husband, the family claimed on American television that he was keeping her remains from them.
Bob and Mary Schindler, and their surviving children, Bobby Jr and Suzanne, claimed that Michael Schiavo had ignored a court order that he should keep them informed about her ashes and plans for a memorial service.
Mr Schiavo had said that her ashes would be buried at a family plot in Pennsylvania.
The interview on Fox News on Friday night was the latest skirmish in the bitter battle between the two sides of the family, who waged a long-running court battle over Mrs Schiavo's end-of-life wishes.
"We still don't know where Terri's ashes were laid," Bobby Jr said. "They were court-ordered, they were supposed to tell us, but we have not heard from Michael Schiavo."
Mr Schiavo's lawyer, George Felos, could not be reached for comment.
Mr Schindler countered claims by the lawyer that his daughter's death was "gentle" with a harrowing description of her condition after 13 days without food or water.
"She was struggling to breathe," he said. "The inside of her mouth looked like a piece of meat in a meat market. It was like meat that had been left out for a while.
"It was reddish maroon because her mouth was dry and her lips were cracking from the lack of hydration.
"This cannot happen again. If anyone would have witnessed it, they would have been so appalled that they would never allow it to happen again."
He said it had been "gut-wrenching" to watch her deteriorate.
"People were misled that it was a peaceful way for her to die," he said. "All you could see was her cheekbones. Her eyes were sunken in her head."
Terri Schiavo, 41, died in a hospice in Florida on March 31. She had suffered brain damage in 1990 after a chemical imbalance caused her heart to stop. She left no "living will" in the event that she became disabled.
Mr Schiavo argued that she would not have wanted to be kept alive after court-appointed doctors diagnosed that she was in a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery. The Schindlers, however, disputed that those were her wishes and argued that their daughter would benefit from extensive efforts to rehabilitate her.
During the interview they referred to the case of Donald Herbert, the New York fireman who suddenly woke up after 10 years in a semi-vegetative state and spoke lucidly to his wife.
Mr Herbert, 43, was knocked unconscious by debris in a burning building in 1995, leaving him blind and mostly mute until last Saturday.
"We immediately thought of Terri," said Suzanne. "What if they had given up on him?"
Mrs Schiavo's case attracted international attention and sparked a heated political and ethical debate as a series of judges ruled against the Schindler family.
The US Supreme Court refused to intervene even after President George W Bush signed a law allowing federal courts to become involved. "The system is just atrocious," Mr Schindler said.
Her family said that they believed she had been the victim of violence when she collapsed at home and her heart stopped. They said that there was no proof that she had collapsed because she was suffering from bulimia, insisting that she had lost weight several years earlier.
Bobby Jr said that the family was only made aware in 2002 of a bone scan taken a year after the incident. This showed that she had broken ribs, vertebrae, femur and knees. Mr Schiavo said that she suffered the injuries during her early treatment.
The family has set up the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to speak out on behalf of others in a similar situation.
"Anyone out there, listening and watching, they should never ever let this happen to anyone else," Mr Schindler said.
"This showed that she had broken ribs, vertebrae, femur and knees. Mr Schiavo said that she suffered the injuries during her early treatment."
I've heard Michael Schiavo claim this before. Frankly, it sounds ludicrous. I can remember hearing about people injured accidentally in hospitals in a fall or something, but this wholesale breaking of all these bones, including ribs?
It makes not a drop of sense to me that during physical therapy a person can have all these bones broken. That would be a multiple lawsuit. And we all know how Michael likes lawsuits.
Why am I not surprised?
His credibility was shot with me a long time ago. My mother-n-law said, "they're burying her ashes in a family plot in Pennsylvania." As if what happened was all right. And yet, she wouldn't take the time to become acquainted with all the facts.
And all the while, there were articles that hinted that he wasn't going to tell squat. And therefore, this is no surprise.
mikey schiavo has given "crud" a whole new meaning
The media did not try to discover the truth, and I now know for a fact that the MSM is propaganda and nothing more.
Terri will remain in my thoughts for the remainder of my life.
MURDER is MURDER and what the MSN says can never change that..
And if starvation is not painless.... try not eating for five days and talk to me again.
have em try "dehydration" too....thats worse
If I said what I want to say, I would probably become the subject of an investigation. So, I won't say it.
BTW, what's going on with OJ, Kobi, Laci, and the Lindberg baby kidnapping these days? We need to keep these stories alive for at least another millenium.
Evil heaped upon evil heaped upon evil.
YOU said it best.
Pinellas County Medical Examiner:
" Wow. This was so easy. I kept the Schindlers' observer away from the post
and simply used Terri's official Pinellas County Autopsy report
which Judge Greer gave me last week after he defied the Executive and Legislative branches.
Let me assure you that Judge Greer's report
which was written BEFORE we burnt, buried, and 'lost' all the evidence,
says absolutely positively nothing about abuse.
Everything was normal. Honest. [wink]"
HEALTHFUL DRINKS WITH WARM MEALS SINCE THE ORDER-TO-MURDER-AN-INVALID BY JUDICIAL MURDERER GREER
Subhuman scumbag Torturer and Murderer-At-Will Pinellas County Judgenfuhrer Greer ..... 65
..................................................................... Terri Shiavo 0
...................................................................... Lee Malvo 49
................................................................. Scott Peterson 48
Poor Terri. Poor Schindlers. As long as this kind of horror is still going on in this country -- dehydrating people to death, my GOD! -- and as long as the courts remain as evil and corrupt, this case MUST be kept alive.
Now. Let's see if Greer is as adamant to uphold the rule of his court ("the rule of law in this case is that she is GOING to die!") when it comes to Michael telling where her remains are. I bet he won't do a thing to make this scuz tell her parents where she is buried.
Would you just shut up if you were denied access to your daughter's grave?
You and those who don't want to hear anything more about the Schindler execution are driven by shame.
You don't like being reminded of how you sneered and mocked as a helpless person was tortured to her death.
Deal with it, snake.
Mock this- it's what was done to Terri Schindler as you stood by.
He was in a coma. Plus, he was in a coma for 2 months, not 10 years.
And there is no such thing as "semi-vegetative" state. His condition for the last 10 years was similar to that of a stroke victim.
Hey, don't forget bug-eyed Jennifer, Gary Condit and Robert Blake.
Knowing him, he probably threw them in the toilet....
It appears that Michael Schiavo continues to be a very petty and vengeful man. Hardly a surprise.
Do you like making up stories about Terri. Not even CNN or MSNBC has made the bogus claim that Terri was in a coma for 10 years.