March 27, 2007
A Letter from Bobby SchindlerTopics: Bobby Schindler
As you may already know, on Saturday, March 31, we will mark the two-year anniversary of Terri's death by dehydration. While this sad date brings the horror of her death into sharper focus, there is not a day that passes that we do not think of Terri and the suffering that she endured at the hands of those who deliberately set out to have her killed.
In the time since Terri's death, Terri's Foundation has been working to develop a national network of resources and support to help families whose loved ones might be in or potentially facing life-threatening situations.
Sadly, there is a steady stream of families who have contacted the Foundation on behalf of loved ones whose lives are endangered. Currently, we are involved in the case of Emilio Gonzales, a 16-month-old baby boy whose life hangs in the balance in a Texas hospital. Emilio's case is making national headlines -- you can read more about it at the links included in this newsletter. This is another tragic case of a family fighting against a hospital that ignores their wishes and doctors who have a "quality of life" attitude that rationalizes their decision to end the life of this precious baby boy.
Unfortunately, the sad fact of the matter is that there exists a dangerous apathy in our country. There are too many people who do not realize the alarming crisis we face. In a growing number of cases, persons who are not in life threatening medical conditions are deemed as having no "quality of life" by those in the medical community, are subsequently "written off" and their life sustaining treatment is terminated. This life sustaining treatment is frequently something as simple as a feeding tube or antibiotics!
Posted by tim at March 27, 2007 3:19 PM
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