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August 17, 2005

Did Terri die peacefully?

From a March 22 AP dispatch at FoxNews...

If Terri Schiavo dies from the removal of her feeding tube, her passing should be peaceful, experts say. ...

...studies show that even patients who can speak and who have chosen to stop eating and drinking generally don't complain of thirst or hunger, said Dr. Russell Portenoy, chair of palliative care at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

"It's as if the body has a protective mechanism at the end of life, such that loss of appetite and loss of thirst precede the dying process," he said.

From LifeSite...

Kelly Taylor, a 28-year-old woman who is not terminally ill, has ended her attempt to starve herself to death after 19 days because of the pain of the effects of starvation.

Mrs. Taylor claimed that she had chosen self-starvation as the only method of suicide that would not leave her husband Richard liable for prosecution. Nevertheless, after 19 days, she said, “It has become too uncomfortable and I would not wish what I have been going through on my worst enemy.”

Taylor suffers from a congenital heart condition known as Eisenmenger Syndrome which, despite being labeled so by news media, is not a terminal condition. It does, however, reduce her mobility and leaves her dependent upon oxygen. She said her reason for wanting to die was that, as a disabled person, she could no longer make a “contribution” to society.

Opponents of euthanasia have repeatedly pointed out that the utilitarian values which permeate modern society are likely to encourage sick and disabled persons to think of themselves as “useless” and “burdensome.”

At a press conference, Mrs. Taylor said, “I feel disappointed in myself. I really wanted to die and that seemed to be my only option. I regret that I have to stop what I am doing because I still want to die. But starvation, as it turns out, is very undignified.”

The painful and “undignified” death rejected by Mrs. Taylor, however, was inflicted successfully by Michael Schiavo and his euthanasia activist lawyer, George Felos, on Schiavo’s estranged wife, Terri, both of whom insisted that Terri’s death by starvation and dehydration was painless and easy. Terri was also not suffering from any terminal illness and apart from her cognitive disability, was in good health.

So if for some reason you find yourself with an appointment to see Dr. Russell Portenoy at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, my advice would be to do whatever you can to find another doctor. Who knows, he may also believe major surgery without anesthetics is also peaceful and euphoric.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 17, 2005 02:09 PM

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((((sigh))))) Nooooooo, she didn't. Terri suffered horribly for 13 long days while under guard by some psycho cops that didn't have any guts or decency to be conscientious objectors. She was murdered with law enforcement complicit. It Terri said she didn't want to live in this state, she meant Florida state. Her loving (sic)husband may be going for a third malpractice suit, I hear. I hope greed nails him.

Posted by: SherlockRWBShoes at August 17, 2005 02:18 PM

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