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March 1, 2005

Disability Rights Activist Has Experienced Medically Induced Starvation

Topics: Medical Issues

Kate Adamson, award winning author and disability rights activist, by request of the Schindler family, has launched a campaign to save Terri Schiavo from starvation. Like Terri, the doctors felt that Kate was someone who should not or could not be saved. Kate suffered a catastrophic brain stem stroke and was dependent on a feeding tube for all her nourishment. Kate had her feeding tube turned off for over a week.

Now fully functional except for some paralysis on the left side of her body, Kate is in the unique position of knowing what it is like to be starved. She is hopeful that her story will get people to stop before they sign on to the idea that Terri Schiavo should be starved to death. Unlike Michael Schiavo who is trying to have his wife starved to death, Kate's husband Steve fought to save her life.

Adamson, author of Kate's Journey, appeared on Paula Zahn Now to make an impassioned plea to save Terri's life. That program, along with numerous other radio and television appearances, has resulted in thousands of responses from people who agree that Terri Schiavo deserves a chance to live.

Planning a trip in hopes of visiting Terri's bedside, Kate is hopeful that she will be able to meet with Governor Bush and the members of the Florida State legislature.

"I have a unique understanding of what Terri is feeling. I could feel everything that the doctors did to me, and I could do nothing. I was at the complete mercy of others, and they couldn't hear me." -- Kate Adamson

For more information, please visit her website at www.KatesJourney.com.

Posted by tim at March 1, 2005 7:17 PM


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