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A Thirteen Year War: On Terri Schiavo

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A Thirteen Year War: On Terri Schiavo Introduction At the age of twenty-seven, three years after marrying Michael Schiavo, Terri Schiavo suffered from cardiac arrest and severe loss of oxygen to the brain. Her husband immediately called 9-1-1 and Terri was rushed to the hospital. Her heart attack was said to be caused by an imbalance of potassium, but the real reason is unknown. Unfortunately, the doctors could not help Terri, and she never regained consciousness. In August of 1990, six months after the incident, Terri was sent home for her husband and family to care for. In November, she was taken to California for further treatment and diagnostics. Soon thereafter, Michael and Terri's family stopped living together and he received one million dollars in a medical malpractice claim over Terri's care. The following year, Terri was moved to a nursing home where the war began between the Schiavos and the Schindlers. In 1998 a petition to the court was filed. A decision needed to be made whether or not Terri's feeding tube should be removed. Michael Schiavo took the stance for her tube to be removed, while her parents opted to spare her corpse and keep her on the feeding tube. Terri's feeding tube had been removed and reinstated over and over and new treaments on Terri have been made in the past thirteen years. ...read more.


In a conversation between Terri and Michael, prior to her accident, she stated that she did not want to live artificially. Michael opted to shut off his wife's nutrition and let her move on in peace. He went to court and presented sufficient evidence to Terri's previous statement about living. When the Schindler's were feeling grief over Terri, Michael repeatedly said that he felt the same way and that he understood how the felt. He tried finding a way to cure her, jumping from one doctor to another, with the possibility of recovery. In California, Mr. Schiavo allowed doctors to attempt to implant electrodes in her brain. Unfortunately, after months, nothing was working. Michael tried therapy, private duty aides, and even weaning her off of the feeding tube. He claims that reports from the nuring home aides are not true and says that they are the ones that did not do enough to help Terri. It was up until the death of Michael's own mother that he realized it was best for his wife to move on. "I was hiding behind my hope and selfishly ignoring Terri's wishes. I wanted my wife to be with me so much that I denied her true condition" [5]. While Michael Schiavo was getting ready to let Terri move on, the Schindler family was getting ready to fight back. ...read more.


What is the point in life if you do not even know what is going on? There is no way to know what is happening in this woman's head, if there even is something happening. The body seems to be confused with what has happened to Terri because every other part of her has pretty much shut down. There is a phase between heaven and hell called purgatory and Terri's mind has moved on but her body is still stuck in that phase. Unfortunately, the government is controlling when she could pass through purgatory which is morally wrong. People say that if they were in the situation where their body was being controlled by someone or something else that they would not want to live, so why would Terri's situation be any different. It is as simple as the golden rule: Do onto others as you would wish them to do onto you. Finally the End [1] Bailey, Ronald. Is Terri Schiavo Dead?. October 23, 2003. <http://reason.com/links/links102303.shtml> [2] National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke [3] Watts, Gordon. For Immediate Release. October 31, 2003. <http://hometown.aol.com/gww1210/myhomepage/schiavo.html> [4] Levesque, William. Doctors defend life for Schiavo. October 25, 2003. <http://www.sptimes.com/2003/10/25/Tampabay/Doctors_defend_life_f.shtml> [5] Statement by Michael Schiavo. October 20, 2003. <http://news.tbo.com/news/MGA9DXB31MD.html> [6] Ertelt, Steven. Life News. December 19, 2003. <http://www.prolifeinfo.com/bio185.html> [7] Schiavo constroversy flares anew. The Orlando Sentinel. October 15, 2003. [8] Right to Die or Right to Live?. The Orlando Sentinel. October 24, 2003. [9] Community Poll Results. 2003. <http://www.kennett.net/poll/111403.htm> ...read more.

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