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June 24, 2005

Medical doctor takes issue with autopsy

From AgapePress:

Christian Medical & Dental Associations president Dr. David Stevens believes that, although Schiavo's autopsy was thorough and reached many correct conclusions, room remains for criticism. One problem with the coroner's report, he notes, is that it "drew conclusions from anatomic evidence of functional inabilities."

For instance, one of the medical examiner's conclusions was that Terri Schiavo was blind. But Stevens asserts, "You can't diagnose blindness by looking at the brain -- you actually have to test it." And, although the examiner said Schiavo was unable to nourish herself by eating, the CMDA spokesman points out, ""There was no blockage to her esophagus, the tube going from her mouth to her stomach. Whether she could eat or not is really a functional issue; you don't know unless you try --and they didn't let her try."

Another finding with which Stevens takes issue is the coroner's conclusion that the cause of death in the disabled woman's case was unknown. "We don't know why she had her initial injury almost 15 years ago," he notes, "but the reason she died is because she was dehydrated to death."

Those who still insist on rationalizing the atrocity that happened in Florida will try to claim Stevens is just another religious quack, but Stevens is not so easily dismissed...

Prior to his service with CMA, Dr. Stevens served as director of World Medical Mission. In Somalia, Dr. Stevens led an emergency medical mission that treated 45,000 suffering Somalis in the midst of war. In the Sudan, medical teams under his leadership treated over 25,000 villagers to stop the spread of an epidemic....

From 1985 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as executive officer and medical superintendent of Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya—one of the outstanding missions. At Tenwek, he directed a $4 million development plan, secured the installation of an $850,000 hydroelectric plant, oversaw the start of a nursing school and doubled the size of the hospital. The community health care and development programs he designed at Tenwek are currently reaching over 200,000 Kenyans and serve as an example of what medical outreach in the developing world can accomplish.

Dr. Stevens is also Executive Director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. A hard voice to ignore when it comes to the validity of an autopsy report.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 24, 2005 09:34 AM

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