Skip to comments.Excerpts from Terri Schiavo Autopsy Report
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".
(Excerpt) Read more at boortz.com ...
"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
"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."
???? 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.
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!
It amazes how the masses will accept what MSM says about this without even reading the report.
Bump for later read.
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.
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.
You are very discerning.
Yes, witnessed lots of it.
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...
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.
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