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February 25, 2005

Media repeats misrepresentations in Terri Schiavo case

Topics: Press misrepresentations

Clearwater, FL – On February 24, 2005, Associated Press released a report penned by Vickie Chachere which cited an eating disorder as the cause of Terri Schiavo’s mysterious collapse and ensuing brain injury on February 25, 1990.

Contrary to the account of writer Chachere, there was never a determination by any court nor the Florida Department of Health that Terri Schiavo ever suffered from any eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia or compulsive behavior that would lead to a heart failure at the age of 26.

Indeed, Florida’s Department of Health had completely and absolutely cleared Terri’s general practitioner of any negligence or wrong-doing in her case. This was after the physician had been accused by Terri’s husband of ignoring evidence of an eating disorder.

Additionally, at the time of her mysterious medical episode, Terri Schiavo stood 5’3” and weighed somewhere between 115 and 118 pounds – a slim, but normal stature and weight.

Associated Press writer, Vickie Chachere cites not ONE medical document that would affirm her careless contention that Terri Schiavo was an irresponsible dieter or a compulsive victim of an eating disorder. The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation asks Ms. Chachere to readily produce the facts upon which she penned such assertions.

The parents and siblings have repeatedly offered to media and press a copy of a bone scan conducted on Terri Schiavo just one year after her incident that reveals multiple sites of trauma and broken bones throughout Terri’s body. Neither the law enforcement agencies nor the media or press have made any effort to investigate why Terri Schiavo’s body was seemingly broken by battery.

Instead, they perpetuate the unsubstantiated claims that Terri Schiavo suffered from an eating disorder that rendered her healthy, 26 year-old heart incapable of carrying on.

Statement of Robert Schindler, Terri’s’ Father: “"This is a slanderous accusation against my daughter with no basis in fact. Certain members of the press seem determined to spread misinformation to kill Terri."

The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation is calling upon all of media and press to take up the task of investigating allegations of serious abuse against Terri Schiavo as are evidenced in the 1991 bone scan and well as ongoing violations against Terri under Florida’s Guardianship Statutes.

Source: email from Schindler representative

This is a call to bloggers as well and why it is so important for the blogs for Terri to continue investigating and reporting. It is also why we chose to bypass the mainstream media by placing the advertisement.

Thanks for blogging in support of Terri Schiavo.

Posted by tim at February 25, 2005 7:40 AM

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Tracked on February 25, 2005 11:36 AM


And now comes this story on Fox News that reports:

"The decision came on the 15th anniversary of Terri Schiavo's collapse, when a chemical imbalance brought on by an eating disorder caused her heart to stop beating."

Here's the link:


Posted by: WriteWingNut at February 25, 2005 3:39 PM

Why is the plaintiff's personal injury attorney who represented her going on Fox News Channel (on Greta) and making the claim that she had bulimia? Given that he represented BOTH parties--and one party may be hurt by his representations--is there a possibility that he is violating ethical canons?

As I watched and listened to him, I kept thinking that there was at least the appearance of impropriety present.

Posted by: Sue Bob at February 25, 2005 9:13 PM

The parents should have the right to become the child's guardian and to make decisions concerning the child's life.
And if she is not on life support (only feeding tubes), there really should not even be any discussion about whether she should be allowed to die. Starving someone to death is killing the person, not just allowing the person to die.

Posted by: Marina at March 22, 2005 8:43 PM