Saturday, September 24, 2005

Michael Schiavo speaks at local medical ethics conference

RN Ford Comments:
Despite years of his trying to convince the world that it was "Terri's wishes" to die, six months following her death, his slip up with words finally reveal how it was not Terri's wishes.

'' It was only after years of futile effort to revive her that he decided to end her treatment. He said that's what she would have wanted."

If Terri truly had such wishes as Schiavo has stated all of these years, Schiavo should have said, that's what Terri had wanted, as opposed to that's what she "would" have wanted.

One can easily see how his mind functions. Despite her suffering for 13 days, as he deprived her body of food and water...the mere gesture that he laid a rose in her hand, comforts and reassures him that her death was not awful.

Unbelievable!

"His address was met by a standing ovation from the more than 200 people in attendance."

He should have attended Terri's memorial because thousands would have had quite the opposite reaction to his address!

Don't pat yourself on the back all too quickly Michael Schiavo. The selected few death advocates in your fan club, such as Cranford, are by far, NOT in the majority of those who still support Terri Schindler.

http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/5631487.html

Michael Schiavo speaks at local medical ethics conference
Last update: September 23, 2005 at 4:52 PM
Michael Schiavo speaks at local medical ethics conference
Maura Lerner, Star Tribune
September 24, 2005 SCHIAVO0924


In his first public comments since his wife's death, Michael Schiavo said today that ''I never, in my entire life, thought I would be thrown into such a national debate.... All I wanted to do was carry out my wife's wishes.''

Schiavo spoke at a conference in Minneapolis on medical ethics as several dozen protesters marched outside the Hyatt Regency Hotel where the conference was being held.

Wiping away tears, Schiavo described his last moments with his wife, Terri, who died in March after a dramatic court battle to remove her feeding tube.

''Terri didn't die an awful death,'' he said. As she died, ''I laid a red rose in her hand and said goodbye.''

Schiavo, in recounting his 15-year ordeal, said he refused for years to believe his wife was in a permanent vegetative state after she suffered brain damage when her heart stopped in 1990.

When doctors told him in that first year that she would never recover, he said, ''I told them they were wrong. I was going to bring my wife home and we were going to get on with our lives.'' It was only after years of futile effort to revive her that he decided to end her treatment. He said that's what she would have wanted.

Schiavo came to the Twin Cities to speak at a conference honoring Dr. Ronald Cranford, a Minneapolis neurologist who was a medical advisor to him during Terri Schiavo's case.

''I just wanted to thank Dr. Cranford for your help. You gave me a lot of encouragement. You gave me the power to be the person I am right now.'' His address was met by a standing ovation from the more than 200 people in attendance.


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