As you read this, keep thinking "Michael Schiavo wants to murder this woman under the pretense that she's a vegetable."
Last Friday at fight4terri, Cheryl Ford related a story about Terri's father coming to visit with and Attorney Gibbs. She greeted her father with apparent joy as usual, until she heard Mr. Gibbs' voice to her left, after which she ignored her father and fixated on Gibbs.
Mr. Schindler then exclaimed, "Terri, Terri, look at me. I've come here to see you as well and now you cannot take your eyes off of Attorney Gibbs, what am I chopped liver?" Terri responded with laughter to her father's comment but her eyes remained focused on Mr. Gibbs.
Folks, if you are at all on the line about this, please read the "myths about Terri" link at www.terrisfight.org . Among the other things the MSM isn't telling you are the truths about the following myths:
MYTH: Terri is PVS (Persistent vegetative state)
FACT: The definition of PVS in Florida Statute 765.101:
Persistent vegetative state means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:
(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.
Terri's behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment.
Why do Terri's family fight to keep her alive? Shouldn't they let her husband decide?
Terri's husband has started another family and has gone on with his life. Terri's family want to provide her therapy and a safe home.
Is Terri receiving life support?
Not in the traditional sense. Terri only receives food and fluids via a simple tube.
Isn't removing her tube a natural and dignified way to die?
No. Dehydration and starvation cause horrific effects and are anything but peaceful.
In summary, Terri is NOT dying and is NOT a vegetable. She IS however a thorn in her husband's side. She does not meet the description of those on respirators and life-support for whom we "pull the plug." She is alive, and her husband wants her dead.