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February 12, 2005

A "Painless" Death?

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

Michael Schiavo insists that dehydration is "the most natural way to die." It's more like torture.

WHAT HAPPENS to non-terminally ill people with cognitive disabilities whose feeding tubes are removed? Do they suffer from the process?- From the 11/12/2003 article in the Daily Standard, via Common Sense Runs Wild

When the author of the article conducted research in preparation for writing the book Forced Exit," he asked St. Louis neurologist William Burke these very questions. Here is what he was told:

A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water! Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death.

Ask Kate Adamson, mother of two, a motivational speaker, author and another "miracle." In 1995, at just 33, she suffered a double brain stem stroke and was in a coma for 70 days. She was completely unresponsive to stimuli and was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. Doctors finally pulled her feeding tube and, for eight days, she lay dying.

Instead of being completely unconscious as the doctors believed, Kate actually was very aware of everything going on around her. She was intensely aware of being left to die and very much in pain. She appeared on "The O'Reilly Factor," in 2003 and host Bill O'Reilly asked Adamson about the dehydration experience:

The agony of going without food was a constant pain that lasted not several hours like my operation did, but several days. You have to endure the physical pain and on top of that you have to endure the emotional pain. Your whole body cries out, "Feed me. I am alive and a person, don't let me die, for God's Sake! Somebody feed me."

Unlike Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, Kate's husband fought to have her feeding tube put back in. He wanted to save his wife's life, the exact opposite situation as with Michael Schiavo, who has been trying to kill her with the help of the morally and ethically-corrupt judge George Greer. For another two weeks he fought doctors to convince them that Kate was really communicating with the family. She says that she would try to blink to communicate. She would blink once or twice and then she was too weak to do it again for an hour or more. After three months in acute rehab she was finally able to speak.

Read More of the Daily Standard article...
Read More of the Common Sense Runs Wild Post...
A related article is at the Bandwagon...

Please contact the following people and help save Terri. Your phone call or e-mail could be the one that makes a difference.

Florida Attorney General's Charlie Crist, AG Citizen's Services & Office

1-850-414-3990 / 850-414-3300
ag@oag.state.fl.us

Bernie McCabe, State Attorney Pinellas and Pasco Counties
727-464-6221
bmccabe@co.pinellas.fl.us

Gov. Jeb Bush 850-488-4441
jeb@jeb.org, jeb@myflorida.com

And please don't forget to say a prayer for Terri and her family. That same prayer just might be needed for you someday! If Terri is vulnerable, you and I could be also.

Posted by Hyscience at February 12, 2005 10:15 AM

hi, my name is linda silljer and i want to comment on the insensitivity of the so called husband of terri. or should i say ex-man in her life because as a husband he leaves an extremely lot to be desired.ho he has really pissed me off. sorry for the word but that doesnt even half describe how i feel about this man even though i dont know him his energy is very corrupt.he has a heart of stone sorry for being judmental but i have tried to understand his reasoning in this attitude of his and there is none to say the least. he wanted to move on with his life and as long as she was alive he has denied her her rights as a human being.he does not honor his marriage vows and if i was to say he does would make me a liar and anyone else who says he does would also be guilty of lying. now that she is with the lord, allows him free access to the monies he has denied her for her care and the lawyers are paid up so hey 1/2 a million must be pretty good to him right now.whats his new wife going to say. what happens to her if the same situation comes up and he gets to play god over her.i guess im blessed because i am married to a man who would lay down his life for me if he had to. and guess what, i do know myself second hand of course the pain of dehydration as i watched my son go through it when he had the flesh eating disease and it went septic.i felt helpless and believe me i did everything i thought i could at the time to help him. even in the hosipital when he was in a coma for almost two weeks i stayed sixteen hours aday.let me tell you when they wanted to pull the plug on him i said a very loud and boistrous no. they said he would not survive and i said oh yes he will and he did. i believe very strongly in God and i know my son is here because of Him.so without predijudice i do think terri's ex-man had a hidden agenda.someone should persue this and check it out.we all know we need food and air to survive but also human companionship. and the fact he denied her her rights as a human he must have really hated her.

Posted by: linda at April 3, 2005 4:40 PM



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