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March 31, 2005

Bitter farewell to Terri Shiavo

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

I believe having a few different takes from outside the U.S. on the killing of Terri Schiavo is in order. Since the previous post was on an article from Australia, let's take a look at the U.K.

- TimesOnline UK
Family complains of husband's 'heartless cruelty' in barring them from bedside
TERRI SCHIAVO'S parents claimed that her husband refused to let them be at her bedside when she died yesterday, as the bitterness that had surrounded her final days showed no sign of abating. Police barred Mrs Schiavo's family from her room because her husband, her legal guardian, wanted to be there, said Frank Pavone, a priest and family friend.

Father Pavone said: "Bobby Schindler, her brother, said, 'We want to be in the room when she dies'. Michael Schiavo said 'No, you cannot'. So his heartless cruelty continues until this very last moment."

The Schindlers' advisers said that Schiavo's brother and sister had been at her bedside a few minutes before the end came,but were not there at the moment of her death because Michael Schiavo would not let them into the room.

"Mr Schiavo's overriding concern here was to provide for Terri a peaceful death with dignity," George Felos, the husband's lawyer said. "This death was not for the siblings, and not for the spouse and not for the parents. This was for Terri." Father Pavone, who heads a group called Priests for Life, said: "This is not only a death with all the sadness that brings, this is a killing. We not only grieve that Terri has passed, we grieve that our nation has allowed an atrocity such as this."

(...)  Most doctors said she would never recover. Michael Schiavo sued for medical malpractice, was awarded $1 million and three months later halted therapy and posted a "do not resuscitate" instruction on his wife's medical records. He claimed that she had once told him that she would not wish to be kept alive artificially. In 1997, he moved in with a new girlfriend and fathered two children.

(...)  The Schindlers never accepted that their daughter could not recover and produced harrowing videotapes that appeared to show her responding to stimuli. They spent 12 years fighting to keep her alive, but after more than 60 court actions, and no fewer than six refusals by the Supreme Court to hear the case, they had no option but to watch her die.

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Posted by Hyscience at March 31, 2005 5:28 PM

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