The autposy reports have been finished for Terri Schiavo, so the entire nation will have to revist this case again. At any rate, it appears that Dr. Frist’s faith-based video diagnosis was a touch off:
He said she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth as her parents’ requested.
“Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not,” Thogmartin told reporters.
Thogmartin said that Schiavo’s brain was about half of its expected size when she died March 31 in a Pinellas Park hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.
“The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain. … This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons.”
Terri’s brain weighed less than half of what a normal brain weighed, and she was blind, suffering from what is called cortical blindness. Remember the videotapes tracking balloons- it wasn’t happening. Those were, and remain, selective edits of hours of tape.
The clinical diagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State was accurate, and don’t let the knuckleheads out there tell you that ‘the Doctors said their diagnosis was consistent, not confirmed’.
She was not responding to people. She was not talking. She was essentially brain dead, she was not going to recover, and Terri Schiavo as a person died years ago.
But you knew that. The usual supects will try to spin this that the results are inconclusive, but they should be ignored. And keep in mind, when they try to spin their nonsense- these are the same folks that want to take over the science curriculum and infuse it with ‘divine design’ and other ascientific garbge.
But hey- Tony Perkins and Randall Terry got some camera time and jammed a lot of money in their pockets, didn’t they? So it wasn’t a total loss.