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Excerpts from Terri Schiavo Autopsy Report
Medical Examiner, Pasco and Pinellas Counties ^ | June 13, 2005 | Medical Examiner, Pasco and Pinellas Counties

Posted on 06/17/2005 11:56:16 PM PDT by eartotheground

Autopsy highlights: (my comments in parentheses)

T11 endplate fracture (?correllates with bone scan)

Renal scar (right)

Heart normal (no evidence of "heart attack")

"Manner of death: Undetermined"

Dr. Stephen Nelson, Neuropathologist, in a report contained within the autopsy report: "The persistent vegetative state and minimally conscious state are clinical diagnoses, not pathologic ones. The neurophysiologic findings of the persistent vegetative state have been well described in the medical literature ... yet there are no similarly published neurophysiologic descriptions specific to the minimally conscious state".

"In diffuse axonal injury this abnormality is usually due to a shearing injury after acute trauma".

"Neurophysiologic examination alone of the decedent's brain - or any brain for that matter - cannot prove or disprove a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious state".

From the remainder of the report by Dr. Thogmartin:

"Mrs. Schiavo's potassium level... measured after a period of ventricular fibrillation, epinephrine, and fluid administration was an unreliable measure of her pre-arrest potassium level. Thus, the main piece of evidence supporting a diagnosis of Bulimia Nervosa is suspect or, at least, can be explained by her clinical condition at the time of the blood draw. Although in the malpractice proceedings the low protein values were suggested as indicators of malnutrition, this is unlikely and not generally characteristic of Bulimia Nervosa."

"Autopsy examination of her neck structures 15 years after her initial collapse did not detect any signs of remote trauma, but, with such a delay, the exam was unlikely to show any residual neck findings. Even bony anomalies would have likely resolved." (or suffocated, n.b.)

"What was the cause and manner of death? Mrs. Schiavo suffered a severe anoxic brain injury. The cause of which cannot be determined with reasonable medical certainty. The manner of death will therefore be certified as undetermined".

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: autopsy; euthanasia; felos; michael; righttodie; righttolife; schiavoautopsy; schindler; terri; terrischiavo
Nobody in the MSM has read it, so I thought I would. Whole report at

1 posted on 06/17/2005 11:56:16 PM PDT by eartotheground
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To: eartotheground

"Several studies have confirmed the significant effects of self-starvation on the brain. With starvation, the ventricles of the brain increase in size and the cortical mass decreases." - Dr. Arnold Andersen, University of Iowa

2 posted on 06/18/2005 12:20:36 AM PDT by eartotheground (now that someone has read the autopsy report, perhaps the MSM will change their stories? NAAH)
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To: eartotheground; MarMema; NautiNurse; Diva Betsy Ross; floriduh voter; 8mmMauser
How can that be .. she was terminally dehydrated

"Anoxic Brain Injuries

Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of its oxygen intake for some significant amount of time. Such deprivation may occur as a result of drowning, choking, strangulation, or other respiratory difficulties. The cells within the brain require oxygen (and therefore blood) to function. Lack of oxygen for a significant period causes the brain cells to die."

Brain Injury Cases

???? She was a living, breathing, heartbeating person, until she was deprived of nourishment and water for 13 days. This is crazy. He's describing what happened to her brain after her collapse .... not what led to her physical death.

3 posted on 06/18/2005 12:28:38 AM PDT by STARWISE ( You get the govt. you deserve. CALL YOUR CONGRESS CRITTERS OFTEN -U.S. CONGRESS: 1-877-762-8762)
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He's describing what happened to her brain after her collapse .... not what led to her physical death.

You're right.

The only thing I have to say on this matter is that the husband looks guilty to me. That's all I have to say. In my 58 years, this sense is the one I trust the most. I've seen the guy speak often enough to nearly be certain that he is hiding an immense dread.

Live with it, Michael!

4 posted on 06/18/2005 12:34:23 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: eartotheground

It amazes how the masses will accept what MSM says about this without even reading the report.

5 posted on 06/18/2005 12:47:48 AM PDT by Voir Dire (I'm seeing and saying.)
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To: eartotheground

Bump for later read.

6 posted on 06/18/2005 3:25:10 AM PDT by mlmr (CHICKIE-POO!)
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To: eartotheground
We should quote the whole discussion of the bulimia theory. Dr. Thogmartin really comes down in it very hard -- of course in calm professional language. If we rule out bulimia, Michael Schiavo, the only suspect in Terri's "collapse," has lost his only alibi.

It was a lousy alibi all along, but somehow he got a free pass. The odds, in practical terms, of a healthy young woman suffering cardiac arrest from bulimia nervosa at 4:30 in the morning, with no purging episode, are zero.

7 posted on 06/18/2005 6:26:23 AM PDT by T'wit (My favorite bioethicists: Ted Bundy, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ilse Koch, Pol Pot and Ronald Cranford)
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To: beyond the sea

He is consistent in his tender cruelties. In the time leading up to the atrocity and even after, he never missed a chance to show a little more meanness. He never allowed the slightest mercy to slip by his watchful eye.

8 posted on 06/18/2005 8:59:08 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (
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To: 8mmMauser

You are very discerning.

9 posted on 06/18/2005 9:38:21 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Sounds of laughter, shades of life are ringing through my open ears exciting and inviting me)
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To: beyond the sea

Yes, witnessed lots of it.


10 posted on 06/18/2005 10:04:50 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (
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To: T'wit

The doctor said that there was no evidence that she was bulimic 15 years ago.

Out of interest, what evidence of that would you expect to see in an autopsy after 15 years?

He also said that there was no evidence of physical abuse, but you seem to give less weight to that part...

11 posted on 06/19/2005 2:30:43 AM PDT by Canard
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There was no evidence of bulimia in the first place. Even Michael denied it -- until he doped out that it was his alibi and his pot of gold.

The only reason anyone entertained the idea at all was a single low-potassium blood reading when Terri was taken to the ER. But her blood potassium quickly improved. It normalized by early afternoon that first day, as I recall, and was no problem after that. In other words, it was not a chronic condition caused by some diet disorder but a one-time incident. This one low-potassium incident, as the ME explained, is easily accounted for by emergency treatments she received. You don't have to "reach" for some other exotic theory.

The bulimia theory was always an extreme reach. Medically, cardiac arrest due to bulimia is by every account "rare." "Rare" means "rare" -- it practically never happens. Evidently it occurs only due to purging episodes, which are violent by their nature. That Terri should have gotten up from a fairly long night's sleep and collapsed without a vomiting episode is so improbable I know of no case ever occurring. (Can anyone find a parallel case?)

The finding of no physical abuse does not affect the case at all. Nobody claims that Terri collapsed due to a beating detectable fifteen years later.

12 posted on 06/19/2005 5:48:21 AM PDT by T'wit (T'wit's Fourth Law: Liberals are always wrong, even when they come down on both sides of the issue.)
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