The Truth About PVS Archives

June 26, 2007

Permanent Vegetative State (PVS) Diagnosis Often Inaccurate More Data Shows

By Hilary White RHODES, June 21, 2007 ( - is reporting on a series of studies that show a high rate of misdiagnosis and inaccuracy in patients deemed to be in a "permanent vegetative state" (PVS). The researchers say... [more]

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March 25, 2007

Fired for Refusing to Remove a Feeding Tube

This message came from a reader during the fight for Terri Schiavo's Life two years ago:I am an RN. Several years ago, I was wrongfully fired for refusing to remove a feeding tube from 2 patients who had been diagnosed... [more]

Posted by tim at 4:37 AM

March 24, 2007

Doctor said Terri Schiavo was Aware and Felt Pain

While the media continues to get the facts about Terri Schiavo wrong, we recall news of a doctor who saw Terri Schiavo and suggested she seems to be aware of what's going on and appears to feel pain. [pdf file]... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:42 PM

March 9, 2007

Christa Lilly Awoke

Following our prior article, here's more information on the woman who was/is in a "vegetative state": A woman who has been in a coma-like state for more than six years awoke for three days this week to talk with family... [more]

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March 8, 2007

Woman Awakes From 'Vegetative State' After 6 Years (Updated)

Her doctors call Christa Lilly's recovery a miracle, and was heard on Fox News to say that he is now looking at the so-called vegetative state in an entirely different light - and that it's time to rethink the matter... [more]

Posted by tim at 5:59 PM

October 22, 2006

Experimenting with live patients

Wesley J. Smith comments in this report on bioethicists who "would feel right at home in a world in which unconscious people are converted into mere biological machines." Smith notes that: ...some of our most prominent bioethical and philosophical thinkers... [more]

Posted by Mary at 10:36 AM

October 19, 2006

Family of brain-damaged woman denied custody

This article reports that the husband of Samira Salmassi choked her, which caused his wife to be in a "persistant vegetative state." Samira's brother wants to take care of her, but a judge ruled that the brother couldn't take care... [more]

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October 11, 2006

Whose ethics?

The recent article endorsing the use of PVS patients for barbaric experiements brought this stinging commentary. Recent articles in the "Journal of Medical Ethics" have gone so far as to call for designating someone in this condition as "dead," saying... [more]

Posted by Mary at 8:59 AM

October 10, 2006

No Longer in a Permanent Vegetative State

On Oct. 7, 2004, 9-year old Devon Rivers became sickened with a mysterious illness that left in a coma: Eventually, he was moved to a pediatric nursing care center, where he received daily physical therapy that kept his muscles from... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:11 PM

September 21, 2006

Terri Schiavo's brother responds to misguided op-ed

Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo's younger brother, responded to a op-ed by Ellen Goodman "Playing Vegetative Mind Games." Goodman horribly distorts the new findings regarding patients in PVS, and gleefully points out that Terri would never have benefited from the tests.... [more]

Posted by Mary at 12:12 PM

September 14, 2006

Why is Terri Schiavo always the exception?

The recent case of a woman, diagnosed as being in a "vegetative state", and yet conscious and able to "play tennis in her head", reveals that experts can be wrong and that there is a lot that that even the... [more]

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September 12, 2006

More Recent PVS Discoveries

"We have always been told there is no recovery from persistent vegetative state - doctors can only make a sufferer's last days as painless as possible. But is that really the truth? Across three continents, severely brain-damaged patients are awake... [more]

Posted by Mary at 2:25 PM

Judge Greer Denied Terri Same Test as British PVS Patient

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... [more]

Posted by Mary at 12:22 PM

September 11, 2006

Why was Terri Schiavo Never Allowed Tests?

Pamela Hennessy writes a stirring commentary, "Goodbye, Beloved" about the recent development which shows that PVS patients are aware, as Terri Schiavo was. But Terri's parents were labeled "religious fanatics" and "delusional" because they tried to tell the courts and... [more]

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September 10, 2006

Ridiculous Contradictions

The recent case of a woman, diagnosed as being in a "vegetative state", and yet conscious and able to "play tennis in her head", reveals that experts can be wrong and that there is a lot that that even the... [more]

Posted by tim at 4:21 AM

September 9, 2006

Media and Scientists Said 'Vegetative Brain Shows Surprising Activity' - Yet Court Refused Tests for Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo's parents respond to scientists discovery that PVS patients show brain activity. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- Newspapers and wire services today reported, 'Vegetative' Woman's Brain Shows Surprising Activity -- Tests Indicate Awareness, Imagination. "According to... [more]

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September 8, 2006

'I felt trapped inside my body'

BBC News published an article on a 36 year old woman, Kate Bainbridge, who was once diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state. Kate now communicates through a computer keyboard. Scientists have shown for the first time that a... [more]

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September 7, 2006

Vegetative yet Conscious?

Mary wrote about the the 23-year-old car-crash victim who had preserved conscious awareness despite her vegetative state:A car crash severely injured the woman's brain, leaving her in a vegetative state. But British scientists found startling signs of awareness when they... [more]

Posted by tim at 8:47 PM

"Vegetative" Patient May Have Awareness

Attorney and author, Wesley Smith, comments on the groundbreaking tests on patients diagnosed as being in a "persistent vegetative state." Sophisticated brain scans of a woman diagnosed to be in a persistent vegetative state has revealed startling levels of activity.... [more]

Posted by Mary at 6:31 PM

Groundbreaking Test Reveals Awareness in 'Vegetative' Woman

From the Washington Post. According to all the tests, the young woman was deep in a "vegetative state" -- completely unresponsive and unaware of her surroundings. But then a team of scientists decided to do an unprecedented experiment, employing the... [more]

Posted by Mary at 6:27 PM

July 3, 2006

Doctors 'discover' brain repairs itself

But, their "discovery" doesn't "apply" to individuals like Terri Schiavo:Following for release at 5 p-m, Eastern time UNDATED (AP) _ For the first time, doctors say they have proof the brain can grow its own repairs. Their evidence is a... [more]

Posted by tim at 8:13 PM

May 24, 2006

Important News: Drug 'Reverses' Vegetative State

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation Center for Health Care Ethics Calls For a Moratorium of Ordinary Care Removal From Persons Diagnosed in a Persistent Vegetative State ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, May 24 -- Following reports that the drug Zolpidem can temporarily... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:23 PM

End the Madness: PVS is reversible or misdiagnosed

Standards for diagnosis of persistent vegetative state (PVS) have not been widely accepted by the medical community. Yet this designation is used in practice to motivate the withdrawal of care and death of patients through-out the world. Terri Schiavo was... [more]

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May 15, 2006

Yenlang Vo - A Letter from Andrea Clark's Sister

Yenlang Vo is a hospital patient who, like Andrea Clark (more here), has been designated by her doctors for passive euthanasia under Texas' futile care statute. While a patient of St. David's North Austin Medical Center in Austin, her condition... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:54 PM

March 28, 2006

Legalized Killing: The PVS Diagnosis

This the third post in a four part series containing the full-text of a speech given by Bobby Schindler to an audience in Phoenix, AZ sponsored by Arizona Right to Life. These details and much more can be read by... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:48 PM | Comments (1)

August 3, 2005

Man Emerges from 'Vegetative State'

The Morning Call reported in early July the story of 14 year-old Renzo Viscardi who in 1998 fell into a coma after his heart stopped from an undiagnosed heart ailment. His parents were told his case was "hopeless". Doctors told... [more]

Posted by tim at 12:43 AM

July 20, 2005

Misdiagnosis of Persistent Vegetative State

Since we're embarking on our "New Mission - New Direction," let's lay out a little background on the mis-label entitled PVS.


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