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May 16, 2005

Terri's Troops plea for life of Jacksonville man

From LifeNews:

A case similar to that of Terri Schiavo has a Florida woman holding her husband's fate in her hands. Schiavo's family is calling on Jacksonville resident Eliza Thomas to allow her husband to live.
Scott Thomas suffered brain injury in September of 2004 and has since been incapacitated and dependent on others.

As with Terri, Scott's wife is seeking to move him to a hospice and remove the gastric tube that provides him with food and water. Scott's mother, Pamela Patton, has petitioned the courts for guardianship of the disabled man and was awarded a temporary guardianship.

However, the guardianship will expire in June and Eliza wants to take over making Scott's medical decisions at that point.

Despite Eliza's desire to end her husband's life, Patton says her son speaks a limited vocabulary, answers yes or no questions with hand signals, and can tell basic factual information about himself such as his former school and hometown.

Patton says the cause of Scott's injury is under dispute.

Eliza claims Scott was backing up and fell over the family dog in the kitchen and hit his head, causing the disabling injuries. However, Scott has communicated to his mother that Eliza struck him and caused his current incapacitated state.

"The doctors say that his injuries are not consistent with such a fall and believe the severe head trauma was caused by a blow to the head," Patton told the Empire Journal newspaper.

Patton has approached Dr. William Hammesfahr, a world-renown neurologist who said Terri Schiavo could have been rehabilitated if she had been given proper treatment and care instead of being starved to death. She wants him to work with her son.

Via Email:

Clearwater, FL - The volunteers with the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, along with the family of Terri Schiavo, are urging Jacksonville, Florida resident, Eliza Thomas, to allow her 34 year old husband to live.

The Foundation has learned that Scott Thomas suffered brain injury in September of 2004 and has since been incapacitated and dependent on others. His mother, Pamela Patton, has petitioned the courts for guardianship of the disabled man and was awarded a temporary guardianship which could expire as early as June 3, 2005. Mr. Thomas's wife, Eliza, is currently seeking to take his guardianship over.

Ms. Patton is currently pursuing neurological testing and treatment options with a Clearwater, Florida neurologist, Dr. William Hammesfahr.

Mrs. Thomas, however, has reportedly stated that her intention is to move her husband to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida and seek the authority to direct the removal of his gastric feeding tube, causing his death by dehydration and starvation.

According to Ms. Patton, her son speaks a limited vocabulary, gives affirmative and negative hand signals and has successfully answered questions of where he lives, where he attended school and his situation. She states that he is aware and oriented.

The volunteers of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation are urging Florida's Department of Children and Families (Florida's social services agency) to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Thomas's injuries and to ensure that he is not currently a victim of abuse and neglect.

Terri Schiavo's family is asking Mrs. Eliza Thomas to err on the side of life. According to them, the dehydration and starvation death suffered by their daughter in March of this year was anything but a peaceful and painless death.

Statement of Bob Schindler, Terri Schiavo's father: The suffering our daughter endured and her death over the course of nearly two weeks was horrific. I am pleading with Mrs. Thomas to please reconsider her decision to seek the removal of Scott's feeding tube and to allow him to receive the therapy and rehabilitation he needs to improve. I beg Mrs. Thomas to give her husband a chance.

Coverage: BlogsforTerri, Hyscience, Teknosis

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 16, 2005 08:12 AM

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Let's hope the mother doesn't get a judge like Greer.

Posted by: DeputyHeadmistress at May 16, 2005 02:53 PM

I EMAIL CORRECTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE TO NEWS LIFE AND I WOULD LIKE TO INFORM YOU OF THE INACCURANCIES OF THE ARTICLE. SCOTT DOES NOT HAVE LIMITED VOLCABULARY. HE MIGHT HAVE SAID ONE WORD IN 6 MONTHS. DOCTOR LOUSE DID SAY, HIS INJURY WAS NOT CONSISTANT WITH THE FALL ( 4 WITNESSES ) OF WHICH THIS DOCTOR DENIES SAYING TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. HE DID NOT SAY HE THOUGHT HE COULD HAVE BEEN A BLOW TO THE HEAD.

Posted by: AMY THOMAS at May 25, 2005 02:48 PM

And you know this how, Amy?

Posted by: Danny Carlton at May 25, 2005 06:48 PM

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