February 24, 2005
Some personal writings about the Terri Schiavo caseTopics: General
I've found a couple more posts from bloggers who have/had disabled children, where they compare their own situations with Terri Schiavo's. Nothing speaks to this case better than the personal accounts of those who have been there.
Tom McMahon asks "When will they be coming for Ryan?" (Read it all.)
In February 1991 our son Ryan suffered a severe brain injury. He was in the hospital for 6 months, and has never regained the ability to walk or talk. He cannot answer Yes or No by any means. He is totally dependent on our care. When he came home from the hospital, he had a feeding tube to his stomach just like Terri Schiavo does now. Through a lot of repetition he learned how to eat and drink again at home, and since we didn't need the feeding tube we removed it and the hole in his stomach healed quite well, quite naturally. He likes to be around people, and he watches a lot of TV.(H/T to La Shawn Barber)
SunnyeWriter also feels personally close to the family because of her own son, may he rest in peace:
We read to him and talked to him, sang to him, prayed with him. We treated him as though he would someday be well -- and we believed he would. I still believe he would have gotten well if God hadn't decided to take him (or, medically, if his organs hadn't quit.)
Medpundit wrote back in November of a man who was faced with a Schiavo-like situation:
I felt that even if I wanted to end this and her parents disagreed, how could I deny them the chance or hope of holding on to their daughter even if I've given up on my wife?
Another old post from Medpundit that isn't a personal account, but it is fascinating (again, read it all):
Here it’s worth noting that some of the doctors who treated Terri Schaivo and the nurses who cared for her, testified that she was responsive. But, what difference does it make, you might ask. She’s still living a lousy life, confined to a bed, unable to communicate with anyone.
From Not Dead Yet (a disability advocacy group), an article from Day 5 of the last attempt to take Terri's life:
I think it is because Dr. Greer, a Vincent Price look-alike who testified today, came across as so threatening to people with disabilities. He was on the husband's side to boost the argument that Terri is too disabled to live...too disabled to appreciate sustenance, fluid, family, touch or hugs like I was doing today from my wheelchair with all my existing physical deficits.
Read all of their accounts. I also strongly urge you to browse through Not Dead Yet and other disability advocacy groups; the fight for Terri is NOT just a "right-wing fanatic" or religious crusade, as many have characterized it.
This is about a fundamental right to human life, and that includes all kinds of people, not just the able-bodied and self-sufficient. When did eugenics--purifying the race--become acceptable to us? This isn't ONLY about Terri Schiavo, although she is the most pressing and urgent case at the moment. It's also about the larger issue of our basic respect for human life, in all its forms.
If you have or know of any other personal accounts of cases similar to Terri's that you'd like to share, please leave a comment or contact me (Beth) and I'll either post a link to it here at BlogsForTerri or at my blog (or both).
[Originally posted at MVRWC]
Posted by beth at February 24, 2005 1:27 AM
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