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March 02, 2005

Finally some attention

From BPNews:

Media outlets want an 11-page filing by the Florida Department of Children and Families, saying the agency will investigate allegations that Terri Schiavo has been abused, to be made public. A local judge has scheduled a Wednesday hearing in the matter.

Last week, the Florida agency said it wants 60 days to conduct an investigation into new allegations that Terri Schiavo was abused or mistreated.

The Florida DCF filed papers with Circuit Court Judge George Greer to have Terri's starvation delayed while it looked into the situation, but Greer instead set a March 18 date by which Terri's estranged husband Michael could take her life.

Now, media outlets want a copy of the papers, which Judge Greer sealed.

The company that owns the Tampa Tribune newspaper and WFLA-TV filed suit to gain access to the paper and Greer will hold a hearing Wednesday to determine if they should be released.

The more light that's shed on this outrage the better. Greer has been hiding under a rock until now as the MSM ignore the case. But as local Florida media get more involved, the national media will slowly respond.

Recently FoxNews' Greta von Susteran allowed the lies about Terri Schiavo having Bulimia to go unchallenged. This is what happened with lazy journalists. Read the Terri-Schiavo Foundation's advice on “Don't stand for media irresponsibility”

Posted by Jack Lewis at March 2, 2005 10:07 AM

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You say Recently FoxNews' Greta von Susteran allowed the lies about Terri Schiavo having Bulimia to go unchallenged. This is what happened with lazy journalists. Read the Terri-Schiavo Foundation's advice on “Don't stand for media irresponsibility”

According to http://abstractappeal.com/schiavo/infopage.html The chief judge appointed Dr. Jay Wolfson from the University of South Florida. Dr. Wolfson's December 2003 report to Governor Bush included this bit of factual history:

The cause of the cardiac arrest was adduced to a dramatically reduced potassium level in Theresa's body. Sodium and potassium maintain a vital, chemical balance in the human body that helps define the electrolyte levels. The cause of the imbalance was not clearly identified, but may be linked, in theory, to her drinking 10-15 glasses of iced tea each day. While no formal proof emerged, the medical records note that the combination of [Theresa's] aggressive weight loss, diet control and excessive hydration raised questions about Theresa from Bulimia, an eating disorder, more common among women than men, in which purging through vomiting, laxatives and other methods of diet control become obsessive.

Also relevant to questions about the cause of Terri's collapse is the lawsuit that Michael brought on Terri's behalf against Terri's doctors. The premise of that early 1990s lawsuit was that the doctors committed malpractice by failing to diagnose Terri's bulimia and that her bulimia led to her cardiac arrest. The case was tried to a jury, which ruled in Michael's favor, finding that Terri had bulimia, that her bulimia caused her cardiac arrest, and that the doctors were negligent in failing to diagnose the situation

It is also referred to in this article

The Guardian Ad Litem's report is here

Posted by: Don Singleton at March 2, 2005 04:40 PM

Posted by: Don Singleton at March 2, 2005 04:43 PM

From the Schindler's press office:

"Contrary to the account of writer Chachere, there was never a determination by any court nor the Florida Department of Health that Terri Schiavo ever suffered from any eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia or compulsive behavior that would lead to a heart failure at the age of 26.

Indeed, Florida ’s Department of Health had completely and absolutely cleared Terri’s general practitioner of any negligence or wrong-doing in her case. This was after the physician had been accused by Terri’s husband of ignoring evidence of an eating disorder.

Additionally, at the time of her mysterious medical episode, Terri Schiavo stood 5’3” and weighed somewhere between 115 and 118 pounds – a slim, but normal stature and weight.

Associated Press writer, Vickie Chachere cites not ONE medical document that would affirm her careless contention that Terri Schiavo was an irresponsible dieter or a compulsive victim of an eating disorder. The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation asks Ms. Chachere to readily produce the facts upon which she penned such assertions."

Note the GAL's language: ...adduced to...in theory...no formal proof

Terri was 5 foot 3 inches tall and 110 pounds. My wife is 5 feet 3 inches tall and worries when she gets UP TO 110 pounds. that is not, by any stretch of the imagination a low weight for a 5'3" woman.

Posted by: Jack at March 2, 2005 05:18 PM

If there was no formal proof why did they win $1 million in January 1993

Posted by: Don Singleton at March 3, 2005 08:32 PM

Juries hand out awards like that all the time. They assume doctors are rich, and insurance companies will barely notice the amount, and if it were them, they'd sure want the money. It has little to do with facts, and a lot to do with the lottery mentality Americans have.

Posted by: Jack at March 4, 2005 01:19 PM

Did Terri Schiavo ever suffer from a eating disorder according to a doctor?

Did she have an eating disorder and did her parents refuse to accept it?

I cannot imagine that anyone would want to live under the conditions that Terri has lived for the past 15 years.

As beautiful and alive as she was, I find it hard to believe that she would want to be kept alive with the brain damage she has.

I wish her parents could let her go. It's time!

What is the truth....according to documented police records....not her parents account?

Remember that Karen Carpenter destroyed her health and her heart with an eating disorder....it is possible.

Posted by: Judy at March 24, 2005 08:55 PM

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