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March 8, 2005

Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says

Topics: Medical Issues

In a previous post I wrote of seventeen medical experts who have filed affidavits on behalf of Terri Schiavo, all expressing the opinion that more medical testing is called for in her case.

Many of the doctors recommend specific treatments and/or expressed optimism that her functioning could be improved. Several stated an opinion that based on video tapes they have seen, they believe she is not in a persistent vegetative state. All of their affidavits can be read in the March 5 post.

Now we are hearing of another medical opinion that addresses the potential rehabilitation of Terri Schiavo:

Despite the contention of Terri Schiavo's estranged husband Michael and courts that have allowed him to starve her to death, a doctor nominated for the Nobel Prize says he believes medical therapies are still available that could help Terri party recover from her disabled state.

Dr. William Hammesfahr is an internationally recognized expert on cases of brain-injured patients. He has been identified in helping patients with chronic brain injuries from many causes actually leave long term disability, and return to work.

Terri Schiavo's injury, hypoxic encephalopathy, is a type of stroke that he treats every day with success.

"We, and others I know, have treated many patients worse than Terri and have seen them regain independence and dignity," Hammesfahr said.

"There are many approaches that would help Terri Schiavo," Dr. Hammesfahr explained. "I know, because I had the opportunity to personally examine her, her medical records, and her X-rays."

"It is time to help Terri, instead of just warehousing her," he added. "She would have benefited from treatment years ago, but it is not too late to start now.

Posted by richard at March 8, 2005 7:49 AM

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