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March 27, 2006

Schindlers Talk about Terri on Hannity and Colmes (Video)

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Our friends, Bob and Mary Schindler, appeared on Hannity and Colmes to talk about their fight for their daughter, Terri Schiavo, the book they wrote to honor her life (A Life that Matters) and their work on behalf of others.

The Schindlers answered charges, laid by Michael Schiavo, that their resentment of him and action to protect Terri's life was about the money won in a malpractice lawsuit. Bob Schindler agreed that money was the catalyst that began the controversy. "He had committed to spend that money on her rehabilitation. But rather than do that he put her in a nursing home," he said.

"We lived with [Michael]...He said, 'don't forget mom, when we get the money she's going to Shanz Hospital and she's going to get extensive rehab," stated Mary Schindler.

They explained that the money won in the malpractice lawsuit for Terri's rehabilitation was instead spent on attorneys who ultimately succeeded in obtaining a court order to end Terri's life.

However, the Schindlers state that they are pressing forward. Bob Schindler revealed

After Terri passed away, we tried to move on with our lives and dedicated ourselves to the [Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation] and we feel we could do some good with the foundation. And all this other stuff has been stirred up since then and is perpetuating itself. We're not trying to do that.

We're focusing now on what we can do for other people.

Sean Hannity asked if they feel anger and resentment. "Well there's scars, naturally there's scars," responded Bob Schindler. "But you can't dwell on that, you have to move forward and we're moving forward... we're helping people.

Watch the video: click here

Important: if you haven't done so already, order the Schindler's book, A Life that Matters.

Posted by tim at March 27, 2006 10:38 PM


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My sympathy goes out to all involved with the events that happened to Terri. I am a Christian woman, but I would like to express what I would feel like if I were in the position that Terri was in, whether I was aware after my health problem happened or not. I do know I wouldn't want a life that didn't have the quality that I had before, being in a nursing home and in bed all the time. I would not be happy in this state, no matter if I gave smiles or expressions that may seem so. My smiles would only be to help comfort my loved ones. Not being able to be creative, visit new places, interact, etc. I would rather have a full life with our Lord. I would hope that my husband wouldn't prolong my life in this matter. I realize my loved ones would miss me, but they must know that we would be reunited in time. This earthly life is just a drop in the ocean compared to eternity. This is just my opinion.

Posted by: Laurie Ann at March 28, 2006 9:15 AM

I can't believe you all think that just because people are young they do not discuss such things as death and what they wish to be done as far as saving their lives. I am the daughter of Georgina Peterson. She was in a vegitative state from Nov 1971 to May 1983 after a doctor's mistake.Thanks to that doctors error I was brought up with out a mother. I remember very well times of seeing her is a nursing home. Her parents would always try to say she was getting better. She never got better.Instead she was treated,not well, by the nurses there. There were times when they would leave her uncovered,nude, while they got someone to change her sheets and fix what needed fixing. How is that life with dignity?? I think Michael had EVERY right to procede to end her suffering. She was not being kept alive for her she was being kept alive for YOU. I would aslo like to say that for the record my mom was 19 when she made someone swear to take me if she did not make it out of delivery alive.

Posted by: Brenda at March 28, 2006 2:36 PM

Here's what Michael said according one of his girlfriends - "How the h*** should I know we never spoke about this, my God I was only 25 years old. How the h*** should I know? We were young. We never spoke of this."

Regarding mistreatment by of someone by a nurse, it is hard to believe you suggest killing as the solution.

However, you bring up an important point abou the dignity of human life. What is its basis? Is is the capabilities of the individual? Is it a person's health? Is it in how they can enjoy themselves or not suffer?

Or, is the dignity of human life intrinsic, something to be respected rather than tested and evaluated?

Posted by: cc at March 28, 2006 3:07 PM

Laurie Ann, as you get older you will not have the same capacities you have now. Chances are, if you live to a ripe old age, you will have significantly diminished capacities. Would your happiness and joy be diminished? Would your dignity be diminished? It is very sad if you feel this way, as I am sure the Lord wouldn't want you to feel your dignity as a human person is only tied in to what you can accomplish.

Posted by: CeCe [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 29, 2006 7:49 AM