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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