March 23, 2007
100 Hours of StarvationTopics: Remembering Terri
Two years ago today, as her family unsuccessfully petitioned a federal appelate court, Terri Schiavo was been without sustenance for over 100 hours and was likely experiencing the effects of starvation described by St. Louis neurologist William Burke.
A conscious [cognitively disabled] person would feel it just as you or I would. They will go into seizures. Their skin cracks, their tongue cracks, their lips crack. They may have nosebleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes, and heaving and vomiting might ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. They feel the pangs of hunger and thirst. Imagine going one day without a glass of water! Death by dehydration takes ten to fourteen days. It is an extremely agonizing death.Noting Terri's 100 hours of suffering, Andy McCarthy of The Corner wrote,
Of course, the physical needs of the body are not limited to food and water. There is also air. But no judge, even in Florida, would ever have had the nerve in Terri's case to permit "the medical procedure that opponents refer to as asphyxiation." Too crude. Too quick. Too obviously murder of a vulnerable innocent. Brazen, instant savagery might wake us from our slumber. For the culture of death, better that we sleep.Nobody should have to endure a government ordered doctor enduced death via starvation/dehydration. Terri's family is doing something about it - fighting for the rights of the disabled through the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation.
Posted by tim at March 23, 2007 12:30 AM
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