Saturday, January 15, 2005

An Important Message From Tiffany about Terri

Dear Friends of Terri,

I am moved to share with you a letter written by Tiffany, a young woman
who has taken up Terri's fight in the state of California.

I must preface Tiffany's letter by saying, it is great pleasure to know there are young adults like Tiffany, who appear to be more astute to the many criminal injustices happening in Terri's life, than there are of the few "so-called" legal professionals such as, Judge Greer, George Felos and Deborah Bushnell who practice here in the state of Florida.

Judge George Greer, attorney's George Felos and Deborah Bushnell have demonstrated their inability to see the numerous crimes which have been committed against Terri. They have openly supported estranged spouse
Michael Schiavo in his intention to kill Terri, a disabled woman who has not been permitted to leave her hospice room in well over four years. Terri amazingly, has fought back with a strong will to live despite Schiavo's two attempts to remove her only tube; a feeding tube which helps her to receive the same nutritional values which you and I receive on a daily basis in order to remain ALIVE!
NOTE: Had Terri been allowed therapy or a current swallow evaluation she could possibly be taking in nutrition via her mouth as opposed to a small tube in her abdomen.

Let us hope there will be other young adults who like Tiffany, will continue to take pro active roles to HALT any future wrongful acts like those inflicted upon Terri.

Tiffany's father sent me her email with the attached message:

" It's time for Americans to rise up against this evil on every front. Here is what we are doing today. My daughter Tiffany composed a letter to spread the word, as you have been doing. I thought you might be encouraged to read it, so here it is."

Greetings from wet Southern California!

Hey, it may be rainin' but it's still not that cold outside!

I'm writing about Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman whose delightful personality and decisive opinions have been hushed up by the American media- the attractive disabled woman whom Michael Schiavo, her estranged husband, is hoping to have put to death this month.

You may not recognize her story by name, because the mainstream media has brushed over her value as a person in their consistent coverage.

I've watched Terri react purposefully to her surroundings. I've seen her express love and appreciation to her parents. Not only is she a human, possessing opinions, feelings and emotions, but she is capable of learning, and improving her motor control, possibly even learning to eat on her own.

She was making steady progress, until her husband required all rehabilitative therapy be stopped, three years after her mysterious collapse in February, 1990, and four months after winning a medical malpractice lawsuit to pay for her continued rehabilitation. In August of 1992, Terri was awarded 250,000.00 in a medical malpractice settlement. In November of '92, Terri was awarded 1.2 million dollars toward rehabilitation, in a malpractice trial. Michael received $600,000.00 in the same malpractice trial. He stopped her rehabilitation in February of 1993.

Terri is no more a vegetable than I am the London Bridge. She is a living, thinking, feeling human being, who left behind no indication at all that she doesn't want to live on a feeding tube, which, by the way, she only uses when she needs to eat and drink.

The story that she would not want to be kept alive this way, was first told by her husband in '97- four years after he cut off all of her necessary rehabilitative therapy, and sometime after making remarks, such as, "When is that b--- gonna die?", and "Can’t you do anything to accelerate her death - won’t she ever die?” (Carla Sauer Iyer, R.N. in a thorough and conscientious deposition, under oath).

Covering Terri's plight without showing this part of the story is nothing short of telling a half truth. I mean, the media is lying to the American public.

Why do I care? (It wouldn't necessarily be the first time the media has only told us part of a story.)

Here's why. In Germany, just before 1938, there was no widespread public outcry against the idea that some people's lives were just not worth living, and that these people, with their inferior lives, should be efficiently disposed of. This is the concept at play here, in the situation of Terri Schiavo. And so far, there has been no widespread public outcry against this tragic thinking. And I really think there needs to be.

What did they say after Hitler fell, about the Germans who chose not to know what was going on? May they never need to say that about the Americans.

Is there anything you can do? Sure! Please visit www.terrisfight.org and fill yourself in on her story. Watch the video. Check out the timeline. And don't miss the touching deposition by Carla Iyer.

Then could you compose your own letter? And send it to everyone who you think should know about this. Of course you can use any part of my letter, or the whole thing- if you like it. Somehow, I think this situation warrants more than just a mass "forwarding" blitz, but, better that than nothing.

Once the whole country knows the whole story, the public outcry part should come naturally. And if it happens soon enough to save Terri's life, maybe her death will not be layed to our charge.

Sincerely,

Tiffany Dortignac
Whittier, CA
dortignac@earthlink.net


If there are other young adults out there who are willing to join Tiffany in her fight for Terri, please make contact with her at dortignac@earthlink.net

Tiffany will also be speaking on radio in California about ways she and others can help Terri.
Sincerely,
Cheryl Ford RN
Fight4Terri @aol.com
Visit Terri's site: www.terrisfight.org

"We make a Living by what we do,
but we make a LIFE by what we give"
~Winston Churchill~

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