Wednesday, June 15, 2005

"Terri" was blind and wasn't abused.


An autopsy on Terri Schiavo, the severely brain damaged woman whose death sparked an intense debate over a person's right-to-die, showed that her brain was severely "atrophied" and weighed less than half of what it should have, and that no treatment could have reversed the damage...

The autopsy also showed that physical abuse or poison did not lead to her collapse in 1990. Ms. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, had accused their daughter's husband, Michael Schiavo, of abusing her, which he steadfastly denied. Mr. Thogmartin also said there was no evidence she had had an eating disorder before she collapsed.

The medical examiner said Ms. Schiavo was blind in her final days and that she would not have been able to eat or drink had she been fed by mouth, as her parents had requested. The autopsy found no evidence that she suffered a heart attack, or that she was given harmful drugs that may have accelerated her death.

I know there won't be an apology forthcoming from the folks who grandstanded on this, but they should give one.


You can read the autopsy report here. You can figure out what it says from this tutorial. That lady just wasn't there.

Oh, and the report said her breasts were "unremarkable."

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