I hope the fighting of everyone helps to save her life, ESP. I've been following her plight for about 3 years now. I never actually thought that the husband and judge would succeed in their efforts to starve her to death. The very thought of it is just such an affront to common decency that it borders on the surreal. Governor Bush has filed an appeal of his blocked custody order. I hope he can somehow get custody of her.
Marge, the husband and judge picked a great time to put the family through all this excruciating agony, not that any time would ever be a good time, but did they pick this time of year to maximize their agony? The husband has even issued orders almost daily to lock out the parents, brother and sister from seeing her for up to five hours at a time. Is there no end to this man's cruelty?
And immediately upon her death he has had a standing order for years at a local funeral home to have her immediately cremated, no autopsy, and is having her ashes sent back home to her hometown near me. The parent's won't even be able to see her after she dies. I guess that will teach them that they never should have argued with him back in 1993 about his not allowing their daughter to have any rehabilitative therapy or antibiotics for her urinary tract infections.
Erica, I’ve read it in several stories, some at the family’s website in articles by their lawyers. I’ve read it in several articles at blogsforterri and related sites. Here is one article from The Empire Journal, which is doing an excellent job of investigative journalism into all the corruption and collusion surrounding the case of those in the Clearwater area. It’s a real eye-opener, provides lots of information that may lead to possible answers to the questions of WHY? of this horrible situation:
Michael has admitted being involved with multiple women since Terri's illness and has lived in adultery with a woman since 1996; they have two children.
He was even involved with a woman in 1991 prior to and during the malpractice suit that he won, where he stated that his marriage vows were of paramount importance to him. Terri’s lawyers have her sworn affidavit that Michael told her at that time that he had no idea what Terri would have wanted since they were both only in their twenties and never talked about death. She also stated that after they broke up he stalked her and once even ran her off the road. Of course, Judge Greer ignored and discounted her sworn affidavit as well as every other one ever submitted on Terri’s behalf to prove that Michael should not continue to be her guardian and affidavits submitted contradicting Michael’s and his brother and sister-in-law’s claims that Terri said she would not want to be kept alive by extraordinary means.
Here is the family’s site: http://www.terrisfight.net/
You will find plenty of rebuttal evidence all over the place.
Michael, yes it is a travesty of justice. It is a mockery of justice. It is a perfect example of an arrogant judiciary that believes it is above the law. It looks evil, it even feels evil.
Thanks for sharing the picture. She is beautiful, isn't she?
Jim, I can't think of anything that diminishes the rights of the disabled more than this. The damage that one group of people in Clearwater can do to decades of legislation on behalf of the disabled is mind boggling.
Ali, yes, the "expert" doctor that Felos hired is a pro-death, pro-physician assisted suicide advocate and lecturer. Bur Greer saw no bias in his testimony. Unreal. Greer is also a right to die advocate, as is Felos and Michael Schiavo, as are most of the powerful influential people in Clearwater. Is it a coincidence that the Church of Scientology has its world headquarters in that city? They don't believe that the "defective" (sick and disabled) of society have any rights. L. Ron Hubbard's philosophies are very easy to authenticate by doing a search on his name. Curious, the "expert" doctor has said the same thing in past lecture papers that he has written. No, but the only bias you hear about is the supposed bias of anyone saying that she isn't PVS, and that she should at least be given a PET scan and MRI to validate such an assertion, but Michael Schiavo and Judge Greer have always denied that request too. Neurologists believe these are essential tools in making such a diagnosis, and I would think expecially in Florida where it is now legal to pull someone's feeding tube if they are PVS. Greer went beyond the pale, even if it were proven that she were PVS, in ordering that no one could attempt to feed and hydrate her orally.
I refuse to give up hope until all hope is gone. I'm still praying that Governor Bush will do the right thing and take her into custody, reconnect her feeding tube and have the medical tests done that should have been done years ago.