Michael Schiavo, with court backing, has vowed to cremate Terri's body immediately following her death, thus covering up potentially vital information that could assist investigators. However, all requests for cremation must be approved by the Medical Examiner prior to the actual cremation (Medical Examiner's Office). See our earlier post, Demand an Autopsy, for more information.
We need to send emails to Governor Bush and to the Medical Examiner in Pinellas, Dr. Jon Thogmartin demanding an autopsy looking for the evidence of her original injuries so that justice can be served.
Modify this text to be specific to the addressee when you email them demanding the ultimate justice. Do not wait until Terri passes into God's hands, because the issuance of authorization for cremation will make autopsy impossible.
- Governor Bush
- Coroner's Investigator
- Medical Examiner
When Terri Schiavo dies, the potential exists that a crime will be covered up by her planned cremation without autopsy. That potential crime is NOT the issue at the center of the present controversy, but the yet unsubstantiated allegation that an assault led to her condition in the first place.
It has been reported in the press that Michael Schiavo intends to cremate Terri Schiavo immediately upon her death.
According to the Medical Examiner's department policy posted at: http://www.co.pinellas.fl.us/forensics/policy/policystatement.htm#CA , the medical examiner must approve or deny all such requests.
The attending physician in Terri Schiavo's case has a history of 5 NPDB reported malpractice cases. There is an open quesiton of what led to her original "event".
Please disallow the cremation until the medical examiner's office can perform an appropriate investigation and/or postmortem examination to determine both the immediate cause of death AND the proximate cause of death, including the search for any injuries from the past consistent with a potential crime.
Despite the currently accepted rationale for her initial "event", evidence on postmortem examination may reveal that Terri Schiavo was the victim of a crime many years ago.
Judge Greer has not allowed an MRI or PET Scan. PET scans are of no value post mortem, but MRI may have some limited benefit, in addition to the physical autopsy, particularly for small, old injuries to ligaments and muscles that would be consistent with a trauma that occurred due to a crime (e.g. strangulation or abuse) if one had occurred.
If there are perpetrators of a crime covering something up, they will not want such an examination done. They will be afraid of justice.
Please act now to assure no authorization is given for cremation without a proper investigation and autopsy to address these issues.