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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
The woman is dead. Evidence of abuse has been ruled out at autopsy. Morality aside, Florida law gave the woman's husband the right to end her life.
The autopsy of Terry Schiavo shows she died of dehydration and rules bulimia as the most likely reason for the collapse that landed her in the hospital over a decade ago.
Doctors state low potassium levels are the main piece of evidence indicating Schiavo suffered from an eating disorder prior to her hospitalization.
The post-mortem investigation found no proof that she had an eating disorder, as was suspected at the time, Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner Jon Thogmartin said.
Originally posted by alias101
For some reason, I'm still not please with what the atospy said. I still think someone is trying to hide something. For starts the doctor said that she was blind, but i still remeber before she died when the put a balloon in front of her face and she followed it. Is it me or does someone seem to be lying.
Originally posted by St Udio
during my comatose times, i had no idea that i was in a 'degredaded quality of life' situation....there's few but thought-provoking episodes of
many year coma people just waking up, smiling, talking...for me to ever
say "pull-the-plug!"......sorry ,
Originally posted by marg6043
For the post here I am very glad that you came out of your ordeal with your entire brain in one piece as to be able to post in this board.
again, absent a living-will, or any other legal device...the husbands' whim prevails....well -> after a suitable period of time, for appearances sake...and to distance the 'whim' from the monetary compensations and from
the eyes of scrutiny by a moralistic community which was pursuaded to accept the 'life-goes-on' perspective...and gloss over the 'other' family life which played out.
Schiavo died of dehydration and not starvation, the autopsy found.
``Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death if she was fed and hydrated or not,'' Thogmartin said.
Medical examiners said they were surprised by the extent of Schiavo's dehydration and the high amount of sodium found in her skin and organs. Her brain was smaller than that of Karen Ann Quinlan, who died in 1985 after spending 10 years in a vegetative state that first drew national attention to the right-to-life debate.