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March 21, 2005

Terri Schiavo update from Cheryl Ford

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From: Cheryl Ford RN 
March 21, 2005 -- 2:20 AM ET

President Bush signed the bill into law at 1:11 AM ET

The attorney's here in Florida will need to locate a Federal Judge now who will agree to hear the case. I've been told that the judge is chosen through a random process. Once a judge is assigned, we believe the Federal judge will sign a protective stay and will authorize permission to have Terri's feeding tube reinserted. The attorney's are still awake and are working to quickly obtain the necessary signatures so they can be prepared to move forward with the next legal step.

The Schindlers are very tired but are holding up remarkably well. They are at the Hospice facility. Their primary focus at this time is on their daughters safety and having her feeding tube reinserted as soon as possible. 

Mr. Schindler reports that Terri is doing fine. He said Terri is alert and her skin is cool. He said she appeared a bit more tired today, however, she is still doing well.

Terri's parents are very grateful for all the support they have received from every one here on the internet. They know that it was due to all of your hard work calling and writing the Senate that helped to have Terri's story heard in Congress.

Please note, Terri's situation is not over until we have a judge who is willing to give a protective stay and we are assured that her her feeding tube can be reinserted. 

The family request that you please continue to pray for Terri's safety and health. 

I will keep you posted as I hear anything new from the Schindlers.

Thank you again for the dedication and caring you continue to provide to the Schindler family. 

You are an amazing group of people and I personally thank you as well.

Cheryl Ford RN

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 21, 2005 07:43 AM

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I just hope and pray this Judge will see that Terri belongs with her parents. Why is it so obvious to everyone that Michael Schiavo does NOT care about her. Not letting her have any treatment for 12 years!! and not letting her outside. If I treated a dog like that I would be in jail. I am hoping and praying that finally the right thing will be done and Terri will go home with the people that truly do love her.

Posted by: susan wagner at March 21, 2005 11:01 AM

there is a difference between allowing someone to die and making them die. if you take away food & water you are making them die. this is not a "right to die" issue. Terri was not dying. most people giving their testimonials about how they had to remove their loved ones from life support, their situation was not like Terri's. their loved ones were not alive for **15 YEARS**, ******AND THEN******, one day decide to withhold food & water from them. they probably made the choice within the first 48 hours or a week, at most. they didn't allow their loved ones to live *15 YEARS*, and then stopped feeding them one day. she was not on life support, she wasn't dying. Terri was living. she was not ambulanced into an emergency room last night with her vitals slipping & being kept alive on machines. she has been living the way a lot of mentally challenged people live throughout this world, with their parents taking care of them, which her mother was doing. Lot's of people have feeding tubes. She also is not required to "get better" or improve. All this talk about, "can she improve", can she recover, NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!! There are mentally handicapped people across this world who will never emotionally or mentally advance past, say age 5 or 6. technically they are not "getting better", but we don't stop feeding them do we? If it was Terri's wish to die, why wasn't it done immediately or soon after the accident? why wait 7 years, as Michael did, to BEGIN to say it is now Terri's wishes to die? Even if you claim he was trying to get treatment for her in those 7 years, would you allow her mom to take care of her daughter for 7 years, loving, dressing & comforting her daughter, for 7 years & then claim Terri wanted to die...how merciless is that? If you want to be merciful, you do it soon after the "accident", not 15 years later! Terri was living, & could have lived a long time more, but her life was taken from her...she was not allowed to die, because she wasn't dying. they had to make her die, by taking away food & water, which if taken from us, we would die also...

p.s. terri's death doesn't bring closure to her family, the Schindlers..it is the BEGINNING of the worst pain & suffering, because they know their loved one was killed for no good reason.

Posted by: angela at March 27, 2005 04:39 AM

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