Over the last few months, the state of Florida and the Schindlers have grown increasingly desperate to find anyone – anyone – with a medical degree who would say that Terri Schiavo is not in a persistent vegitative state (PVS). So far they’ve found two, the hilariously self-aggrandizing and deceitful Dr. Hammesfahr (complete with his fake Nobel Prize nomination – claiming to be a Nobel Prize nominee because your congressman wrote a badly worded letter to the Nobel committee on your behalf is like claiming to have won an international parenting award if your child buys you a “World’s Greatest Dad” coffee cup that was made in China), and Dr. William Cheshire. It was Cheshire who was trotted out by Jeb Bush the a few days ago when he was making noise that the Florida Department of Children and Families might have to take protective custody of Terri because “new information” had shown that she might have been misdiagnosed. So what did this “new information” consist of? Did Dr. Cheshire examine Terri and find evidence of consciousness that no one else has found? Nope. Did he perform medical tests on her? Nope. He just had a sense:
“Although Terri did not demonstrate during our 90-minute visit compelling evidence of verbalization, conscious awareness or volitional behavior,” he wrote, “yet the visitor has the distinct sense of the presence of a living human being who seems at some level to be aware of some things around her.”
So there’s no evidence that she is conscious, but he has a “sense” of her “presence”. One wonders if in the process of this thorough examination, the good doctor dimmed the lights, held hands with others in the room and said, “Terri….if you’re here, give us a sign”. And this, ladies and gentlemen, was the “new information” that led to Jeb Bush’s final bit of grandstanding.