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March 24, 2006

Fired Nurse Claims Terri Feels Pain

Topics: Remembering Terri

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CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer Jeff Johnson reports that a nurse who worked at the hospice where Terri Schiavo is dying of dehydration and starvation has revealed that Terri feels pain and the nursing staff medicates her for it. As explained by neuroligist William Cheshire, who examined Terri and her medical records, those who are in a persistent vegetative state "do not have the capacity to experience pain or suffering.... If Terri is consciously aware of pain, and therefore is capable of suffering, then her diagnossi of PVS may be tragically mistaken."

Wagner claims she was fired Monday after expressing support for keeping Terri alive. She was quoted as telling a Florida television station that Terri's feeding tube should not have been removed.

Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, spoke with ABC News Nightline's Chris Bury on March 15 and discussed the prospect of Teri suffering from a death by dehydration and starvation.

"It is a very painless procedure. Terri can't," Schiavo said, not finishing the sentence. "She has no cortex left. She doesn't feel pain."

But Wagner described the circumstances under which Woodside Hospice personnel would give Terri pain medication.

"The only time I ever heard her make sounds is, um, if she's in pain like, if, you know, she has her monthly (menstrual period) and she's in pain," Wagner explained. "She'll moan a bit and grimace, and that's how we know, you know, to give her a Motrin."

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Posted by tim at March 24, 2006 10:59 AM

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The question that has been raging in my mind since I left the hospice and still haunts me today is, "If Terri wasn't in any pain, why was she being given morphine?" To inject anyone with any drugs w/o any food in their stomach-just speeds up the death process. Ethically and Morally WRONG!!!!

Posted by: Theresa de Vera at March 24, 2006 9:32 PM

The news refused to ask that simple question...

Posted by: thedegu [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 27, 2006 10:16 PM