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DD    Posted 02-24-2005 at 20:15:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Judge Set To Starve Terri Schiavo To Death

Terri Schiavo's life hangs in the balance. Your actions could help prevent her from being starved to death.

Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge George Greer has put a temporary stay on his order to pull the tube on Terri and let her die a slow, agonizing death by starvation. Here is the short version of what's happening.

In 1990, Terri suffered a serious brain injury. In a 2000 trial Terri's husband asked for the feeding tube to be removed. He had abandoned their marriage long ago by living with another woman and having two children with her. He has claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars from disability insurance.

According to Tony Perkins at Family Research Council, her husband pocketed the money and let Terri live without the medical attention he had promised to provide.

Terri's parents want to take care of her, but her husband wants her to die. The court has sided with the husband. Terri's parents have renounced any settlement claims and are willing to care for their daughter at their own expense. The judge has refused to grant their request.

In Florida, starving an animal is a criminal offense but starving a disabled woman is not.

Please ask Judge Greer not to punish an innocent, disabled woman by starving her to death.

TAKE ACTION

Please send the e-mail to Judge Greer asking him not to kill Terri.

Click Here to send your e-mail letter now!

Sincerely,

Don

Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

P.S. Please forward this email to family and friends.
*** Have ya'll heard of this case? It's big news here and since some of the children at the school I drive for are tube fed it makes me wonder how the outcome of this case could affect them sometime down the road. Sad, very very sad. I think he should let her family take care of her. He's been with this other woman and has two children with her now so he needs to leave Terri alone. That's JMO on the whole thing but I was just curious to hear anyone elses too : )


Judy in NC    Posted 02-25-2005 at 10:42:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi DD, and thanks for bringing up this subject.

I am a little late in catching your post, so don't know if sharing my thoughts will have any significance or not.

My main impression (from the video shared on the website at the link below - "Videos of Terri") are that she is very much still "there".

This would be a terrible decison to have to make a stand on, but this woman still respirates on her on and responds to some stimuli. My personal feeling is that to withold feeding would be very wrong.

I would not want to be kept alive artificially by machines, but neither would I want to be starved to death if I were breathing on my own, heart beating on its own, etc.

Also please click on the button on the left "Myths about Terri"

Why do animals in our country get more dignity and legal protections than humans?

Judy in NC


GrannyG    Posted 02-25-2005 at 10:29:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
As a nurse, I had to take care of a patient when the family had the tube removed. It is terrible. It took over 2 1/2 weeks for her to expire, and she suffered, I could give injections every 4 hours for pain, but she would be in pain by the time I went on duty, and it would take awhile to ease her. I know in my heart she knew what was going on. I still cry about her. She was a precious soul. I try to understand the family's point of view, but they didn't really stay around to see what was happening to her physically, they would just call on the phone or stop in for a few minutes and then leave. Terri has been denied physical therapy from what I understand, so more damage has been done. I just pray the judge will allow the tube to stay in place and let God decide when it is time for her to go home.My prayers are with her family.


DD    Posted 02-25-2005 at 08:48:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank-You to ALL who took the time to reply to this post whether your opinion is the same as mine or not. And I Hope that nobody was offended by me asking for your opinion on this subject : )


Dale Anne    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:22:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy ya'll just to expand on my being against allowing this woman to starv....I understand parts of her brain is not working but does this include the pain receptors? cause if not this woman will suffer a horrible death being in constant pain......now myself...if my brain ceases to work peroid!..my heart stops...or I am gutted in a wreck and immedate death would happen then yes let me go.....but if not and i have to lay in a bed in a comma, or awake but cant move or speak...then please give me the feeding tube and allow me to at least have the comfort of not disinagrating before my family's eyes and please dont allow me to suffer the break down of my mind and body.....I would not want to be kept alive on a breathing machine unless my recovery was a positive and not saying 100% whole just enough that I could have somewhat of a life....if the machines were the only thing keeping me alive...let me go but dont let me starve, I have seen this happen the woman suffered a lil over a year...we even tried to syringe feed her cause her family refused the feeding tube...the woman didnt speak but when ya fed her and talked to her you knew by her slight movments that she heard you and sometimes understood.....myself and a few co workers even heard her speak a few times but the family didnt want to hear it...she was so thin that her bones broke when ya moved her and I could pick her up like a newborn.when we bathed her cause of being so dehydrated her skin would peel off in our hands...her eyes became so sunken that they closed and skin grew over them...her finger nails fell out as well as her hair...this woman was well taken care of by myself and the staff...she was our favorite and we fought tooth and nail to give her a respectable passing...when she first came in it was for dementa she only ate a little her family gave up trying to feed her and when the time came we tried to feed her and the family insisted she be kept in bed 24/7 and would tell us to stop trying to feed her after a few refused bites!....she went downhill fast without food and water...they stopped her meds...refused pain meds when her brittle bones broke in our hands...it was horrible and I dont think for one second that anyone one this board would want to even think of this happening to them or a loved one.....now not saying this woman will suffer as my patient did but ya never know......perhaps i'm wrong...perhaps i'm right...perhaps i don't know anything at all but I know my heart say to save this woman!....Dale Anne


Gerrit    Posted 02-25-2005 at 06:11:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been reading about this case. I understand that parts of her brain are not present anymore and recovery is impossible.

This case is not about the person Terri anymore,it's a battle between the parents and the husband. ) and their supporting groups and organizations )

The real question here is, who has the right to decide what has to be done? Is it the husband or are the parents the ones??

I made it clear to my wife and my family that if I should ever land in a situation like this, I don't want to be kept alive. I can only hope they will respect my wish..

We don't know what Terri would have wanted, so which decision is the right one?

If it were my wife, I would try to let her go in peace but having said that, I would not go t court and get into a legal battle to accomplish that..


Old John    Posted 02-25-2005 at 07:12:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Hi Y'all,

I have it in Writing witnessed & notarized,
NOT to leave my mindless bones laying there in
a bed, hooked up to tube, artificially kept alive.
My Sons have a copy, My DSW has a copy, there's a copy in the safe with my other papers, best friend has a copy,several others know my wishes.
DSW has made the same Statements on paper, signed & Witnessed.

It is obvious this poor girl is no longer "There,
in her body" Her mind is gone. Why would Folks prolongue the agony?
Is it some misdirected belief that though the Mind and Spirit are gone, the body, aided to live
artificially, is a whole person.
The person is gone.

DSW is my "Next of Kin". I am her's.
Sorry Folks, I have very strong feelings about this one.
My Mom, had a double Stroke at 80 yrs old.
Dad had the sense not to prolong Death.
Last year, DS and DB, having the Power of attorney
performed the same "Mercy", for him, at 90.
Be thankful for Folks with good sense.
Yup, I know, Your Mileage May Vary.

Just please, let Me die in Peace.
Have a good-un, Y'all.

Old John


Dale Anne    Posted 02-25-2005 at 05:16:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is horrible, I sent a letter to the judge informing him of what happens to a body as it starves and begins to feed upon itself as I have seen it. I watched a woman take over a year to die cause she refused to eat and her family refused a feeding tube[I had always said no extreme measures to keep me alive also till I seen what happens when you starve, now I would take a feeding tube in a second]...I also suggested that perhaps the judge should visit a nursing home and a resident that has been handed down the same fate by a cruel family member...I hope this letter helps...Dale Anne


Battleborn    Posted 02-24-2005 at 21:54:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I can say is she is his wife, she trusted him to make the decisions for her in these types of circumstances, and it is nobody's business but his.
Would you want to live in her circumstances? I wouldn't.
Paul.


Hunter n NOLa    Posted 02-25-2005 at 03:48:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with you DD, 100%.


Hunter n NOLa    Posted 02-25-2005 at 03:49:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry, I meant "I agree with you Battlehorn",
100%.


deadcarp    Posted 02-24-2005 at 21:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
i just watched a report on burning women in india. apparently, if a man is disatisfied with his bride (not pretty enough, not enough dowry or doesn't produce enough sons,) she "commits suicide" always in her kitchen. generally at the hands of her MIL. and all the inlaws swear that's how it went down, so the case is closed. and the husband's free to go after another dowry. whole families are imprisoned, kids and all, because they didn't pay enough dowry. dowry is a hindu practice.


gran    Posted 02-24-2005 at 20:30:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
yes, we have all heard of this. My first thought was, why do we read about this in our papers.(Dumb question?) That poor family has had more then enough greif. How can we judge? I can't, because I have never walked in their shoes


Mark/Ks    Posted 02-24-2005 at 20:22:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
The whole situation is a heartbreaker.I don't know what the answer is,DD.
Mark in Kansas


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