Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Down to the wire on this case

Shiavo's brother seeks to educate at campus rally

A group of about a dozen students and activists wearing "Save Terri Schiavo" T-shirts stood outside the Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus at noon Monday.

As students hustled past on their way to lunch, the demonstrators asked passersby to sign a petition calling on Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer to step down from the case that has been fought in the courts for nearly eight years.

Schiavo, now 41, suffered severe brain damage 15 years ago. She resides in a Pinellas Park hospice. Her husband, who has testified that his wife would not want to be kept alive artificially, has asked that her feeding tube be removed.

That order could come from the 2nd District Court of Appeal as early as 1 p.m. today.

Schiavo's brother, 40-year-old Bobby Schindler, was in Gainesville for the rally. Schindler argued that a dozen doctors who have voluntarily looked into his sister's case believe that she could be helped, that with intensive therapy, she could be taught to speak and eat on her own again.

"We are trying to educate people as to the facts of this case," Schindler said. "Nobody knows the facts, because they aren't being reported to the public."

Some doctors have ruled that Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state with no hope for recovery. Others have said she still has some mental capabilities. She left no written directive for her family or her husband to follow.

What we are dealing with is a woman who left no instructions to take her off life support (let alone stop feeding her, which is an entirely different thing), and in fact, may have implied the opposite to her family and friends. Her husband, after fathering two children with his newly acquired girlfriend, suddenly "remembered" years after the initial injury that his wife had said she "didn't want to live that way." Why doesn't he just walk away, divorce Terri and let her parents take care of her, as they've been begging him to do? Well, guess whose name is on the insurance paperwork, to the tune of $750,000 ...

Read the rest of the story about the rally, and pray for Terri!

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe this entire story! The husband has two freakin kids with another woman while he keeps his WIFE in a dark room where she recieves no PT or mental stimulation, hasn't been outside in four years and refuses to let her family see her! He OBVIOUSLY doesn't give a DAMN, why doesn't he just let the people who love her take care of her??

    :tries to calm down:

    Seriously, I met this man, I would do him serious bodily harm.