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February 27, 2005

Five Minute Video of Terri Schiavo shows interaction between mother and daughter

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On October 14, of 2003 it was reported that the family of Terri Schindler Schiavo disclosed a videotape made in violation of a court order they said disproves her husband's contention that she is in a "persistent vegetative state," as is required by Florida law to end her life.

Robert Schindler, Terri's dad, admited that he knowingly violated a court order issued by Pinellas-Pasco County, Fla., Circuit Judge George Greer barring Terri's family from providing her with any form of rehabilitative therapy or from taking still photographs and audio or video recordings of his daughter.

Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband and the "guardian" that has long sought to have Terri's feeding tube removed, threatened through an attorney to deny Terri's parents access to their daughter as a result of the tape's release.

The nearly five-minute-long video (caution, it is a long download for dial-up connections, and requires Realplayer) includes scenes of Terri together with her mother, Mary Schindler, and shows Terri apparently interacting with her mother and trying to speak. In one segment, the mother enters Terri's hospice room and speaks her daughter's name, at which point Terri's eyes open wider, and she attempts to sit upright in her hospital bed.

Pamela Hennessy, volunteer media coordinator for the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, described Terri as being able to sit up in her chair unassisted and "extremely alert, extremely responsive.

"Her mother comes in and starts nuzzling her and kissing her on her cheek, and Terri starts laughing out loud. Her mother says to her, 'Can you say Mom?' And Terri replies, much like a small child or a toddler would, with some vocalizations, and she laughs again," Hennessy said.

In the videotape, dated August 11, 2001, Terri is seen smiling when kissed on the cheek by her mother. When the mother begins to more playfully kiss her daughter's face, Terri can be seen and heard laughing in response.

In another portion of the tape, the woman's mother asks her if she can say "Mom," and Terri can be heard trying to speak, and she can be seen trying to form words with her mouth. At one point, Terri gives the appearance of frustration, furrowing her brow and losing her smile.

Mrs. Schindler said Tuesday that the attempts to communicate had a visible effect on her daughter.

"She gets frustrated, you can hear it in her voice, when she can't communicate like I'm sure she wants to, it's difficult for her," said Mrs. Schindler. "But that's her best effort to say, 'I'm in here, and I'm trying to talk to you.'"

A plethora of documents and other videos related to Terri Schiavo are available at the Hospice Patients Alliance.

Posted by richard at February 27, 2005 6:54 PM


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Comments

Please do not kill Terri!

Posted by: Bill DeCoste at February 27, 2005 7:44 PM

How wonderful of the Schindlers to share that. I bet that with therapy it won't take that long before she'll be talking. How hard it must be for Mary to watch the frustration in Terri's efforts.
Thank God for mom's like that!
Barbara Schatt

Posted by: Barbara Schatt at February 27, 2005 8:12 PM

MY NAME IS MARY AND I THINK THE HUSBAND DID SOMETHING TO HER.THATS HOW SHE GOT LIKE THIS.AND IF SHE COULD TALK HE WOULD BE IN HOT WATER.THATS WHY HE WANTS HER DEAD.I SAY GET HER HELP AND THEORPHEY.AND PUT HIM IN JAIL.

Posted by: mary at February 27, 2005 8:43 PM

Terri has the WILL to live, please don't kill her. She represents LIFE! No pagan judge has the right to decide her death. Let the "husband" divorce her and get on with his life, if not for money, he would not still be fighting. He has another woman and 2 kids, why else would he continue this? It is NOT God's will for her to be KILLED! God Bless the family of Terri Schiavo. We, the American people, are praying for you, support you 100%, and certainly feel your pain. My heart aches for you.God Bless you all.

Posted by: Dena at March 1, 2005 3:39 PM