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March 20, 2005

Nurse: Terri Can Eat Normally

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

But Judge Greer didn't care about hearing it!

A certified nursing assistant who cared for Terri Schiavo in 1997 filed a sworn affidavit in the case stating that she was able to feed Schiavo normally on multiple occasions - but that husband Michael Schiavo would allow only a feeding tube.

Heidi Law, a CNA at the Palm Gardens nursing home, testified: "At least three times during any shift where I took care of Terri, I made sure to give Terri a wet washcloth filled with ice chips, to keep her mouth moistened. I personally saw her swallow the ice water and never saw her gag.

"[Another CNA] and I frequently put orange juice or apple juice in her washcloth to give her something nice to taste, which made her happy. On three or four occasions I personally fed Terri small mouthfuls of Jello, which she was able to swallow and enjoyed immensely."

Law testified that the only reason she didn't attempt to feed Ms. Schiavo more frequently was "because I was so afraid of being caught by Michael."

Editorializing on the case in light of Law's account, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette said Sunday, "It is one thing to withdraw a feeding tube; another entirely to withhold that day's meal tray."

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Cross posted at BlogsforTerri

Posted by Hyscience at March 20, 2005 3:54 PM

I think that this is the most inhumane things I have ever heard of. I am appalled as are millions of others. I will pray for Terrie, her family and for her husband the federal court judge. That the judge had been a Southern Baptist and now is playing God is amazing. If a person took away a pets food and water and let them starve to death, the owner would be subject to a jail sentence. Is Terrie not as valuable as an animal that cannot fend for themselves, and require care? Murder is now apparently legal if it is done by starvation. How sad for us all.

Posted by: Cherryl Wiltse at March 23, 2005 8:44 AM



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