This is worth reading, for those who aren’t completely sick of this entire situation. It’s a PDF file of the entire report of the Guardian Ad Litem that Jeb Bush appointed to investigate the entire situation and recommend what the state should do in 2003. Amid the flurry of vicious charges that have been leveled against Michael Schiavo, this report points out a great many things worth knowing. It notes, for example, that for the first several years that Terri was in a vegetative state, Michael held out hope that she would recover, despite all evidence to the contrary, and that he was so attentive to her care that he was described as “a nursing home administrator’s nightmare”. It points out that in the infamous situation where he denied care when she got a urinary tract infection, this was done in consultation with her doctors, who had finally convinced him that there was no hope of recovery and that it was more humane to allow her to die naturally. It also notes that Terri’s parents were also convinced for many years that she was in a persistent vegitative state and would never recover, but they refused to allow her to die naturally despite that, and it’s only recently that they have begun denying that she was in PVS or even denying that there is such a thing. The guardian ad litem also says bluntly:
Of Michael Schiavo, there is the incorrect perception that he has refused to relinquish his guardianship because of financial interests, and more recently, because of allegations that he actually abused Theresa and seeks to hide this. There is no evidence in the record to substantiate any of these perceptions or allegations.
I don’t blame Terri’s parents for not wanting to give up hope, or for not wanting to have her taken out of their life even in the state she is in now. But I think they have allowed that highly emotional desire to create paranoid fantasies in their head and to begin a campaign of villification. The report also notes, for instance, that they were very close with Michael until he became convinced that there was no hope of recovery and that therefore she should be allowed to die naturally. It even notes that they had encouraged Michael to get on with his life and encouraged him to begin dating, and that he had introduced them to the woman he subsequently became involved with in the beginning.
The other thing that really must be said is that Michael is right, and the doctors are right, there is no hope of recovery here. Ever. Period. Under any circumstances. And anyone who claims otherwise is either delusional or deceitful. Amp posted one of the catscan slices from her the other day on his blog, along with comments from a neurophysiologist. Lynn, for those who don’t know, is a radiologist. In her residency, she examined Terri Schiavo and she saw not only that catscan slice but the entire file of test results and scans up to about 2 years ago. She said that the neurophysiologist’s reading of that catscan is correct, that a sizable portion of her brain has necrotized and been replaced by spinal fluid, and that the myriad of tests that have been done are all extremely conclusive that she will never, ever regain consciousness or function. The parts of her brain that control higher functions simply do not exist anymore.