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March 15, 2005

Former Nurse Reveals Terri Schiavo's Capabilities

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

Blogs  - Please repost this and help to see that it gets all around the blogosphere ASAP.

This is one of those "must reads" you hear about, and it just might be one of the most important reads about Terri Schiavo. From the personal testimony of Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo, we have further proof of Terri's actual condition and the "cover-up" by George Greer, Michael Schiavo, George Felos, the Woodside Hospice, former Pinellas County Sheriff and now State Representative Edgar Rice, and the Pinellas County court.

- From BlogsForTerri and ProLifeBlogs
Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo from April 1995 to July 1996 at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center was recently interviewed by  David Allen.  Although we've posted several articles in the past based on her affidavits [e.g., here], she revealed a few additional details in the interview that have not been widely reported.

"Just Michael [Terri's husband] trying to accelerate her death," she said. Iyer explained that she would often sneak Terri's parents, the Schindlers, into see her and that Michael refused to allow therapy of any kind. In fact, he was physically intimidating and would very loudly command the nurses "this is my order and you're going to follow it."

"We were very intimidated ... the whole place," Iyer revealed, adding that some nurses had a restraining order against Michael Schiavo because his "behavior was so bad."

When Terri had a urinary or upper respiratory tract infection Michael was visibly excited and would visit more often, asking "is she dead yet?" According to Iyer, at one point Michael exclaimed, "When is that b**** going to die?"

After Michael's visits, Iyer stated that Terri, at times, became symptomatic for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Iyer said she found an unexplainable bottle of fast acting insulin concealed in Terri's wastebasket that she speculates could have been used to induce the condition. She filed a police report but heard nothing further regarding the incident. Subsequently she received death threats she believes were related to notifying the authorities and was later released from her position as a caregiver because of her actions in support of Terri.

The nurses, including Iyer, interacted with Terri and daily witnessed her respond, laugh, and make requests. "We had her at the front of the nurse's station... everyone loved Terri," Iyer said.

When asked about the accuracy of the videos available on the internet Iyer said they were realistic but failed to capture Terri's personality and, if anything, did not represent the extent of Terri's ability to respond and communicate.

Iyer witnessed Terri consuming pudding and milkshakes every night and has previously testified that she fed Terri Jello. She witnessed Terri responding to her name, following others with her eyes and head and even moving her body with purpose.

In her prior affadavit, Iyer documented Terri's vocabulary:

Terri's medical condition was systematically distorted and misrepresented. When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as "mommy," and "elp me." "Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times. Terri would try to say the word "pain" when she was in discomfort, but it came out more like "pay." She didn't say the "n" sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying "pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper.

Certainly this is a story that is not being carried by the mainstream press and has been supressed from judicial decisions. Iyer's testimony brings to light several facts including:

1. Terri Schiavo is not a "vegetable" and is not "brain dead". She recognizes and responds to others and makes attempts to verbally communicate. [more here]

2. Terri is not on life support but does receive food and water through a removable tube, which experts testify would not even be necessary if she were given therapy. This assisted feeding is a natural means of preserving life and not a medical act of life support or heroic measures.

3. Twelve medical experts and nurses who cared for her confirmed these factsVideo available through shows Terri responding and interacting with others. Health care workers have testified under oath [here and here] that she expresses herself using words, such as "mommy" and "help me".

4. Terri is a person with disabilities who thinks and expresses her moods and desires. She is loved by her family and responds to their visits with smiles and laughter.

5. Terri Schiavo may be the victim of ongoing negligence and injustice [more here]. She has been denied therapy and rehabilitation by her guardian since 1991. Florida's guardianship laws REQUIRE that these necessary services be given to her.

6. Terri Schiavo deserves to have medical tests and therapy. She does not deserve to be starved and dehydrated to death.

Hat tip - ProLifeBlogs and BlogsForTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 15, 2005 9:58 PM

Think about the baby-boom generation aging. They have to rely on the gen-X'ers to support them as they become dependent near the ends of their lives. I don't trust that generation to take care of the surplus aging population. We have to at least be able to rely on laws to guard their lives. If Terri is allowed to die, simlply by not being FED, what about all of the disabled and elderly who require that someone feed them? What about YOU when you're old?

Posted by: Ariel at March 23, 2005 6:29 AM

Today, a previous "guardian" who claims to have read 30,000 pages of court and medical documents, in 20 days (!!), claims he saw no evidence of abuse at the hands of the "husband" Michael.

When asked about the bone scan, showing many broken bones, this "guardian" said (on TV) that "maybe she had a bone disease" (!!!!!)

Well, since Michael was a nurse, don't you think that he would have known about any bone disease that Terri had (probably not a bone disease--more heresay).

What Terri is undergoing, is slow, brutal, disgusting torture, OK'd by apparently brain-damaged judges, who are in total denial of the very obvious emotions showed by Terri in the videos.

In one video, Terri looks scared, upset, agitated, and is looking away from...Michael, who was hanging over the bed!

In another video, Terri is beaming, happy, looks directly at her mother's face, smiling, and is obviously feeling safe and secure (unlike how she looks in the other video, where Michael is there).

Larry King's show last night (Thurs. nite) was excellent, and showed how the judges (all but 3 good ones) are projecting their own world view, that death is preferable to life as a handicapped/disabled person!

I am a Jewish woman, pro-life, who is with the Republicans on some issues, with the Democrats on some issues (not with them, regarding Terri), and I'm an independent thinker. I don't like Pres. Bush in general, but on this issue, he's right. Terri should be saved, given the rehabilitation that has been denied to her, allowed to have love (by her parents), food, liquid, etc.

Thank you for spreading the truth about this abominable situation for this poor woman!


Posted by: Carol at March 25, 2005 1:29 PM

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