I just listened to an interview with a Nobel Prize nominated doctor (nominated in rehabilitating people with the same condition as Terri Shiavo.) He
spent at least 10 hours examining her over the years and says that she is not in a pvs or even a coma. He said that before the civil suit she was
actually walking with help and could speak a couple of words. Then once it was over the husband denied all further treatment and rehabilitation to the
point that she wasn't given anti-biotics for infections. He also moved her from facility to facility as soon as the staff there starting questioning
why she wasn't being rehabilitated. The only way she got treatment was when he was overruled. Evidently Terri can currently even eat and drink on her
own, but she is being denied food and water by court order, food and water that she could consume without a feeding tube. The doctors that testified
in court that she was in pvs were hired guns that only spent on average 30 minutes examining her. Guidelines for such evaluations are to spend much
more time. So, why is it that we are believing a doctor who barely paid her a visit as compared to a nobel prize nominated expert in the field that
spent several hours diagnosing her condition?
So again I present to you what the husband has done in these past 15 years
*Had such a violent temper that he was on meds for it. Terri was reported to have been ashen faced after altercations with him. His doctor had
suggested calling the police the next time there was an altercation after he became violently angry with Terri's sister.
*Had gotten into an argument with her earlier on the day of her illness onset over spending money at the hairdresser.
*When Terri collapsed and her heart stopped the husband did not administer CPR even though he was trained in it. Such aid could have prevented the
*Bone scans taken in the months after her heart attack showed her to have a broken back, pelvis, and ankle fractures that were suggestive of being in
a car crash or suffering abuse in the form of being thrown into sharp furniture or beaten with a blunt object.
*Experts have stated that her condition is more consistant as being caused by trauma then by a potassium imbalance.
*Michael Shiavo won a lawsuit to the tune of $2 million on the basis that Terri's condition was caused by bulimia and that it had not been diagnosed
by doctors. He needs to make sure this stays the official ruling of the cause of her condition for this and possibly other reasons.
*Up through the trial Michael Shivo claimed that he would keep working to get his wife treatment. He never said anything about her wanting to die.
*Soon after the court victory he stopped all treatment, rehabilitation, and care for Terri Shiavo. He melted down her wedding rings, had her cats put
to sleep, asked the facility if there was anyway to hasten Terri's death, is charged in the testimony of several witnesses as having said "When is
this b*tch going to die?," and soon after that began legal preceedings to have her feeding tube removed, claiming that she would not want to live.
*Before the treatment was refused Terri, from the testimony of an expert who spent several hours with her, Terri could walk with assistance, speak a
couple of words, and was rehabilitating well. After being refused all further treatment and rehabilitation including basic medicines on a regular
basis Terri has understandibly digressed.
*Michael Shiavo is living with another women and has 2 children by her. While one can't fault him for moving on it is interesting to note that he
kept this other family a secret from the Shiavo family. The only way they found about about it was from information in the obituary of Michael
Shiavo's father. Shiavo also has kept medical documents secret as long as possible including the bone scans.
*Judge Greer, the presiding judge on the case, has been negligent and allowed certain abuses to occur to Terri through her husband. Therefore he has
motivations other then following the law in making sure that Terri dies over the next couple of days. Here is an article that outlines this point
Of note in the last couple of weeks the judge has both denied a request to keep the tube in so that allegations of abuse could be examined and has
ruled that upon Terri's death she will be immediately cremated. A nice quick death, disposal of the evidence, and any case against him or Shiavo are
history. Of other note is that Congress is considering holding him in contempt of Congress and calling him before them to explain his actions in
ignoring a federal subpeona.
*The witnesses for the husband have spent almost no time with Terri to really ascertain her condition. They are "hired guns" that have an agenda of
death. Over 30 doctors including the expert I have used are on the record saying that Terri is not in pvs and can be rehabilitated. The judge has not
even gone to see Terri himself. To the best I can ascertain the husband hasn't either in the past 7 years.
*The husband is stuck in a position that he will be in trouble unless his wife dies. If she is not in a vegetative state then his civil trial was
resolved falsely. If it comes out that he assaulted Terri not only will he go to jail, the civil trial is completely invalidated. He was offered $1
million to give up the legal rights for Terri but he chose not to because he knows that with some rehabilitation she will be able to speak again and
could relay what occured that fateful night. If Terri dies now, he still keeps about $500,000 of the money which is a nice sum for a man who before
his wife's incapacitation was living off of her salary because he could not keep a job.
*Currently Terri Shiavo is being held in a hospice and is being denied food and water. She needs no other type of "life support" such as a
resperator. In fact, she doesn't really even need the feeding tube as she can swallow, eat, and drink. However, because of the court order she is
being completely denied food and water of any form, something we don't even do to convicts on death row.
*The expert I have quoted has stated that Terri has an excellent chance of rehabilitation if such procedures are allowed. Remember before treatment
was denied she was actually speaking a little and walking. With proper help according to this expert she could talk, experience things, and live a
dignified life with her mother and father. The only thing preventing this from happening is Michael Shiavo, and a judge sitting on the state bench in
*Her right to life is being denied. She is being subjected to cruel and unusual punishment by a government institution and therefore her 8th
Ammendment right is being violated.