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September 12, 2006

Judge Greer Denied Terri Same Test as British PVS Patient

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Judge George Greer repeatedly denied Terri the same test that recently showed cognition and awareness in a female PVS patient in Britian. In March 2005, Terri's parents submitted an order to Judge Greer which stated " that there is a high rate of misdiagnosis of persistant vegetative state and that some severely brain-injured patients do improve." Her parents urged Judge Greer to grant Terri permission to be tested with the fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), the diagnostic tool which proved the British PVS woman is aware of her surroundings.

Judge Greer denied Terri her right for new medical testing because he deemed the parents motion was legally insufficient. Read Judge Greer's Order.

In this report, the Baptist Press wrote that tests such as the fMRI

"should be done on all people who have this kind of brain injury to help us determine whether they are in a persistent vegetative state or whether they are in a minimally conscious state and the degree to which there is any hope for recovery of brain function."
"The findings have rekindled the debate surrounding the starvation death of Terri Schiavo in 2005 and are prompting further discussion of long-term care for brain-damaged patients. Southern Baptist ethicists are calling the findings further proof that, when there is doubt, the justice system should side with life. They also said the justice system had clearly erred in the Schiavo case."

Posted by Mary at September 12, 2006 12:22 PM


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