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September 14, 2006

Medical Examiner's Schiavo Report Deficient

Topics: Terri's Autopsy Report

In his new book, David Gibbs, attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents, says the medical examiner's report left many questions unanswered. Gibbs spoke to the Baptist Witness in this interview about the media's false statements regarding the autopsy report. Gibbs points out that the medical examiner was "unable to answer questions about Schiavo's brain functions."

Media were quick to report that the brain weight was "approximately half of the expected weight." But none of the media outlets asked why this was so. Gibbs instead asked questions about how dehydration, the primary cause of Schiavo's death, would affect the brain. The medical examiner had no answer.
"I've been told by one neurologist that the brain is highly susceptible to serious medical complications from dehydration," Gibbs writes. "Since 77 to 78 percent of the brain is normally composed of water, shrinkage from such severe dehydration should be expected."
Gibbs notes the mainstream media failed to report that the medical examiner said that Terri was "brain-injured," not brain-dead. Gibbs warns:
"When the courts consign innocent lives to death by dehydration and starvation against the wishes of loved ones without objective and current medical investigations documenting the absence of consciousness, there will be far-reaching negative consequences for the weak, helpless, voiceless members of society."

Posted by Mary at September 14, 2006 7:23 AM


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After more than a twelve years of sensory deprivation, illegal and complete denial of rehabilitative therapy, and spotty at best medical therapy, all of which would be illegal if employed at Guantanamo, the weight of the brain might also be impacted.

There is no law, or order, in Florida. All the above are also against the Americans With Disabilities Act, and against the United States Constitution. Perhaps Gibbs will give us a free opinion about it.

Posted by: Layer Seven at September 14, 2006 8:59 AM