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February 22, 2005

Questions on the Videos (updated)

Topics: Video of Terri

There are some that doubt the Terri Schiavo videos, questioning when they were taken and that perhaps she has deteriorated since then. The facts are these:

After her accident, she never fully recovered. She was diagnosed then as having PVS. That diagnosis was the basis of Michael's malpractice award. After that point was when the fight to take the feeding tube from Terri began.

If at any point during the time of her accident and now she displayed the activities that are depicted in the video then the diagnosis of PVS is false. PVS is a permanent condition, you cannot come out of it and come back in (see the NHS definition here). PVS is a permanent condition defined as having no awareness of their surroundings or make any voluntary movements. The videos show that she has been doing exactly that, she is showing awareness of her surroundings and making voluntary movements.

Terri has been without rehabilitative care or anything that goes along with it for 12 years. Many medical professionals are hopeful of her recovery and she should be given that opportunity to recover.

Update: When a reader recently asked how Terri is doing, we thought we would get another update from Bobby Schindler on that very issue. Bobby commented that like anyone that's been stuck in a small room and denied any stimulation for over ten years, she has her good days and bad days.

He says that On Terri's bad days she's just sort of "blah," but on good days she's actually better than as shown in the videos. He also says that it's very interesting that Michael Schiavo won't allow any more videos of Terri and won't allow an independent filming of Terri reacting with her parents. Judge Greer has previously ordered the Schindlers not to allow the videos to be seen. Unfortunately for Judge Greer and Michael Schiavo, they are on the Internet.

Posted by john at February 22, 2005 5:03 PM

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Hey! I found some good news that may help out Terri! I posted it on my blog! (assisted suicide challenge headed for the Supreme Court). Here is the link:


God bless!

Posted by: Hidden Nook at February 22, 2005 11:47 PM

I would appreciate comments on my blog being related to the post. I received a comment from Uncle Jack ("profile not available") saying "save a life today" and signed Terri (and "Terri" was a link to this URL).

This is totally inappropriate since the subject of my post had nothing to do with this.

Thank you in advance for your future cooperation and courtesy.

Posted by: tomharper at February 23, 2005 1:15 AM

Is this all about money? How large was his malpractice award and is her husband obligated to spend it on her hospitalization?

Posted by: Larry at February 23, 2005 3:36 AM


It is remarkeable that Terri's future would be condidered 'futile' especially with the recent advances in stem-cell therapies. Once upon a time, neurological damage was not fixeable, but with this new tool, even profound neurological insult several decades old is being repaired ... ie. severed spinal cord. Terri's present disability chould be resolved with stem cell therapies .... and these are not far off.

John McDonell

Posted by: John McDonell at February 23, 2005 7:02 AM