Terri Schiavo Autopsy Blatant Fraud
This is totally political. The establishment is pro-euthanasia. Everyone
The smirking coroner in his white lab coat relished his false statements, as
The autopsy was inconclusive as to why her heart stopped, but they still say
Sydney Morning Herald | June 17, 2005
By Mitch Stacy
An autopsy on Terri Schiavo, who was at the centre of a right-to-die battle, has backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind.
The US Medical Examiner's office also said there was no evidence Mrs Schiavo was strangled or otherwise abused. But what caused her collapse 15 years earlier remained a mystery.
Autopsy results on the 41-year-old were made public on Wednesday, more than two months after her death on March 31 ended a right-to-die battle between her husband and parents that engulfed the courts, Congress and the White House.
The Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner, Jon Thogmartin, said Mrs Schiavo died from dehydration. She did not appear to have suffered a heart attack and there was no evidence she had been given harmful drugs.
Mr Thogmartin also said the "vision centres of her brain were dead", and her brain was about half of its expected size when she died 13 days after the feeding tube's removal.
Michael Schiavo said his wife would never have wanted to be kept alive in what court-appointed doctors concluded was a persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.
Mrs Schiavo's parents, however, doubted she had any such end-of-life wishes and disputed that she was in a vegetative state.
The Medical Examiner's conclusions countered a videotape released by the parents of Terri Schiavo in her hospice bed that showed her appearing to turn towards her mother's voice and smile, moaning and laughing. Doctors said her reactions were automatic responses and not signs of thought or consciousness, and therapy would not have helped.
About 40 judges in six courts were involved in the Schiavo case at one point or another. Six times, the US Supreme Court refused to intervene.
As Mrs Schiavo's life ebbed away following the final removal of her feeding tube, Congress rushed through a bill to allow the federal courts to take up the case. President George Bush signed it on March 21, but federal courts refused to step in.