Monday, March 21, 2005

What if Terri was Set Up?

Ask yourself: What if your spouse had abused you, injured you by strangulation or head trauma, then driven you to the hospital and demanded "your" right to die? What if the only evidence presented to the court that you "wanted to die" was hearsay testimony from the same spouse that materialized only after they got your $1.5+ million settlement? What if they spent $500,000 of that settlement money not on you, but on a prominent euthanasia attorney they hired specifically to lobby for "your" right to "die"?

That would be not only wrong but suspicious as hell. It would also provide one heck of a good reason, totally apart from the Right to Life question, to remove Michael Schiavo as Terri's guardian and restore Terri's right to choose.

"But wait, doesn't she have PVS"?   Nope.  And there's a lot, lot more to the story...

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Blogger Author said...

With all the controversy that surrounds this "family" dispute we need to concentrate on the 2 indisputable facts in the case that you mention: 1) Terri does not have PVS as is evident to all but the blinded in the videos and 2) by virtue of his public betrayal of his wife Schiavo is manifestly not a suitable guardian for her.

I personally believe that he abused her and wants the "evidence" of his crime to be cremated. I believe that Terri was denied minimal care on his authority. I believe that Canfield is a "respectable" version of Dr. Kevorkian. I believe that "judge" Greer lacks the minimal level of discernment of human realities required to be a judge in these cases. I believe that he is a man who cannot admit to making a disastrous mistake as a judge and wants the "evidence" of his failure to go away. I believe there are widespread abuses of guardianship of the elderly and incompetant in Florida and that the judicial system there is corrupted.

Someday these things will become clear. For now we focus on what no honest man can deny.

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Myopic Zeal said...

Great post. I linked from here.

3:05 AM  
Blogger ThomasDad said...

Williams is "dead" on regarding possible motives. I am a logical guy and I can't think of another reason why Mr. Schaivo would act this way. Can someone please set me straight? I don't get it. Would someone defend this guy? Anybody?

4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of sheer curiosity, can you give details about the 'malpractice' lawsuit? What were the circumstances?
Who was sued?
Was the judgement/award designated for rehabilitation and medical costs or something else?
If/When Mr. Schiavo is investigated for culpability in Terri's initial injuries, it would be interesting to see if enough evidence supports a charge of "attempted murder". If that charge would be made, would it in any way effect a revisitation on the 'malpractice' lawsuit.

Could that lawsuit be reopened? I ask because Michael Schiavo is a registered nurse and there is documentation that a nurse reported suspicious 'insulin' incidents involving Michael's visits with Terri requiring glucose to counter the insulin inbalance - not once, but as many as five times!

Keep up the good work on the blog!

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A peripheral point to ponder . . .

Is there reason for additional concern about Michael Schiavo's control issues?

* Suspected domestic abuse of Terri

* Determined witholding of medical records regarding Terri's condition and treatment.

*There are reports that he stalked the first woman he dated after Terri's injuries. She has steadfastly refused to come forward due to EXTREME FEAR that Michael Schiavo would do harm to her or her children.

*There is mention that Michael Schiavo has recieved treatment for depression as well.

*Michael Schiavo has gone on record stating that he may have appeared 'agressive' with medical staff on various occassions due to the stresses involved with Terri's case.

The point -

With everything on the line, Michael Schiavo is under incredible scrutiny and is prone to strong reactions when under stress.

Terri Schiavo should have a restraining order placed against Michael until all the legal issues are resolved.

We all know that Michael has two children with his 'fiancee' who will be his support while he is under enormous pressure as the next few days/weeks unfold.

Is it reasonable to express concern for their safety as well?

6:36 AM  
Blogger FD said...

Very interesting reading... I'd like to point out that your "links" section has too many http's in it for the link to work correctly... good blog, thanks. I'm bookmarking you!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous anomalocaris said...

Helpful links

What PVS is and why people sometimes don't accept itHistory of Schiavo case

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the links!

From your link, . . .It identified the following about the 'malpractice' settlement:

"January 1993…Michael recovers $1 million settlement for medical malpractice claim involving Terri's care; jury had ruled in Michael's favor on allegations Terri's doctors failed to diagnose her bulimia, which led to her heart failure; case settled while on appeal "

Well, as a lay person without medical expertise, I decided to seek out additional known "causes for potassium imbalance" and came up with the following information from Hyperkalemia:
* Chronic kidney disease with kidney failure. Failing kidneys eliminate potassium too slowly, causing an excess in the body.

* Use of oral potassium supplements.

* POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS--Cardiac arrest and death.

Check this website -

Open file #12.

You will notice that a bone scan revealed evidence of a 'CRUSHING' injury.. . Dr. Hamilton, Orthopedic Surgeon, consults Terri a short time after her collapse, on February 25, 1990

While Terri was a patient at Northside Hospital, unbeknownst to Terri’s family, and according to the Northside Hospital discharge summary, Dr. Hamilton, an Orthopedic Surgeon, consulted Terri on May 6, 1990. This was just two months after Terri collapsed (February 25, 1990) and just three days before Terri was discharged from Northside Hospital.

Michael Schiavo, acting as Terri’s guardian and in control of what medical information was revealed, and also any medical decisions regarding Terri’s treatment, did not report this information to anyone in Terri’s family. Therefore, Terri’s family did not have any knowledge that Dr. Hamilton consulted Terri or what was disclosed as a result of Dr. Hamilton’s examination of Terri.

It was only a year later, on March 5, 1991, after Terri was demonstrating painful reactions to physical therapy treatment, that the Mediplex therapist director ordered Terri to have a bone scan.

This bone scan taken of Terri on March 5, 1991, revealed a healed broken right femur bone and healed bone fractures in Terri’s ribs, pelvis, spine and ankle. The injuries more than likely occurred at the time of Terri collapse. The radiologist (Dr. Walker) concluded that "Terri has a history of trauma" and presumed "that the other multiple areas of abnormal activity also relate to previous trauma."

It wasn’t until November 2002 that Terri’s family discovered this information regarding the multiple fractures found throughout her body.

Michael Schiavo never disclosed that Terri had a bone scan image taken just a year after her collapse to anyone in Terri’s family and, as mentioned, never disclosed that Terri was consulted by an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Michael Schiavo has had all those records sealed. Care to guess why?

Think this settlement should be reviewed?

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

So I guess it's up to me to take up for the guy. Is there any evidence he's abused his present girlfriend? 911 tapes? Arrest records? These things exist. Especially around abusers. If he did it 15 years ago, you can bet he's doing it today. Investigate! Show me the proof! Not innuendo.

It couldn't *possibly* be that the guy is telling the truth. That his wife actually expressed a wish not to be kept alive artificially. Not to have to ask Congress whether it's alright to fulfill God's plan. What other areas of marriage can the government peek in on? How far do you folks want this to go?

You're smearing a good man. You should all be ashamed.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

And why haven't Terri's parents claimed Michael abused Terri prior to March 1990? Things that make you go hmmmmm......

10:04 AM  
Blogger Commanded Citizen said...

Great blog. Perhaps, somewhat off-topic (my apologies) but did you all happen to notice almost half the liberals in Congress voted in favor of Terri and her right to live? It seems it is only in the blogosphere that we see a 98-2% ratio in favor of Terri's execution. I wonder why that is?

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Pious Agnostic said...

There are more liberals supporting Mumia Abu-Jamal than Terri Shiavo.

rd, I commend your efforts here, please keep up the good work of getting the word out, the true information about Terri's situation.

I hope you convince people.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Storm Trooper said...

Wonderful blog! I want to have sex with it! I love PVS!

11:20 AM  
Blogger twerp said...

I'm a classic liberal/center-right libertarian and I am SO with you on this subject!

Since Terri didn't put her wishes on paper we can't say WHAT she wanted!
In the absence of a living will- the ONLY moral thing to do is to "error" on the side of LIFE!

Do do otherwise is cold blooded murder.

12:34 PM  
Blogger RD said...

Agree. I can admit to being lobbied pretty hard by arguments along the lines of, "...we may not know what she wanted, so it's just better to let her die...", and considering them (though clearly the result is homicide), but even if those arguments persuade you in general, there's reasons here to choose differently. The following items:

* She has a vocabulary
* She expresses emotions
* She appears to hear & understand
* Her parents claim she communicates
* She appeared to try to communicate Friday in ways that would be miraculous under Florida's definition of PVS

would conclude any sane person to attempt to ascertain her wishes more creatively than locking her up in an asylum and deciding her fate by proxy.

And the following items:
* The husband's alleged abuse
* His jealous love-rage dualism
* The fear of other women who know him
* His assault on Terri's brother
* The two versions of his testimony about the night of the "incident"
* The bone scan results of Terri's neck

would lead any sane person to deny him the rights of guardianship over her, let alone the right to decide her fate by proxy.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

It is a fact of the matter that TS's diagnosis is PVS.

This is simply the fact. Her doctors agree. Every third party neurologist who examines her comes to the same conclusion.

While that fact is not convienient to your arguments, as you attempt to prop her up as your unwitting pawn in your right to life movement, it remains the fact.

Another thing the chess masters don't want you to know is that TS's husband turned down millions to step aside as TS's next of kin. If you knew that, then you'd see through the ad hominum attacks on his character.

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DOC Nos -

Michael Schiavo cannot accept any amount of money at this point. He has painted himself into a corner. If he reliquishes his guardianship, Terri's new guardians can begin therapy and have an MRI taken to determine the extent of her injuries not only to her brain but to Terri's neck, spinal column, ribs etc. to confirm the bone scan (discovered in 2002 by Schindler family). There is strong evidence to suspect Michael beat and strangled Terri directly resulting in her tragic injuries.

Nothing like loving your wife to death - eh? His kind of devotion I can do without.

Shame on everyone who would ignore the cause/source of her injuries. Bulimia doesn't result in broken bones and dissolving brain tissue.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Ticklebug said...

Wow! This is so cool to find another Liberal for Terri.

Day by day as I hear the news about her, I just makes me sick to my stomach. If you ask me, Michael Schiavo's another Scott Peterson!

7:38 PM  
Blogger RD said...

You said it ticklebug
I'll post on that within a day or two

Chris & Doc Nos - Thanks for being here. I feel your pain, so bring forward some evidence that he's clean, why don't you? And no, I am not ashamed. Hyperalkemia is a conclusion "unacceptable" to you only because you choose to dismiss it out of hand. I'm the one calling 'shenanigans', not you. Not based on my medical credentials (I'm not a doctor) but on criminal evidence (his spousal abuse & conflicting testimony from the night of the incident) never considered when this diagnosis was originally rejected.

Meanwhile: For argument's sake let's forget everything bad about Michael Schiavo, for just a minute, and consider just the following:

A. His wife attempted what several have described as "trying to communicate" Friday.

(Surely that has nothing to do with our smearing of a guilty man, does it? Though his incuriosity about it is incriminating and suspicious [S1] to say the least.)

B. On the ABC interview, he and his lawyer escalated (thank you guys!), moving the bar from a simple case of "well, let's just do what Terri hinted that she would want" all the way to "I'm on a solemn mission from God to make sure I carry out her last dying wish, even if I have to piss off the parents and turn down a $10 million offer [to let her live with them] to do it". Now the stakes are a lot higher because's now he's either (1) really noble like Doc Nos suggests, or (2) really suspicious [S2]. There's NO GRAY AREA in between, no middle ground anymore. He's either really noble or really guilty.

C. THEN, the bombshell, which moved him conclusively from 'noble' to guilty: on the Larry King interview, where Michael was finally asked some pointed (but not unreasonable) questions he's never been asked before (and which seemed to rattle him [S3]), he blurted out some banter, "filler" that got away from him and exposed his true convictions instead of the talking points: "this is about Terri...We didn't know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want..." [S4]

WHAT? [more to follow on the full text later :] Since it utterly contradicts the ABC interview, and it was stated under more duress than the ABC interview (if only because he was the one talking), I conclude it was [unintentionally] honest. If so it reveals not only the intent to conceal [S5], but also the emotional bond with the euthanasia lawyer [S6]: it's what they both want. (Not what Terri wants - he said so himself.)

That leads me to the following:

1. Even if we leave all suspicions aside (for you Doc Nos), we are still left with a logical contradiction in what he said in B. vs. C, since they cannot both be true. Since his CNN clip betrays his willingness to decide for her without her wishes being known, and the ABC clip asserts that her wishes are not only "known" but so well-established that he is willing to speak heroically and defiantly for Terri's wishes - it is obvious that one of the statements had to be false.

It is also an emotional contradiction, as it represents two incompatible sympathies - one for Terri (ABC), and the other for himself & the lawyer (CNN). Some would argue that if he doesn't know Terri's wishes (CNN) then this is OK, but that's bogus on at least two counts; first it's still what he and the lawyer want, not Terri; second, he was not given the license to make make something up, only to implement Terri's wishes.

The contradiction is absurd and shocking. It is not just some misinterpretation or miswording. It's a clear statement of two competing "truths", one given semi-voluntarily after some [mild] pressure was applied by the host (King), the other given voluntarily by the lawyer in rehearsed and polished delivery. (There are other contradictions but that's for later ;)

So which version do I believe? I split the tie this way: The ABC show was a softball pitch from start to finish. The lawyer handled the comment on the $10 million. On the Larry King show, OTOH, it was Schiavo doing the talking (obviously ;), and though Larry was fair to him he was still on the defensive the whole time. Big red flag. Larry just opened the door and Michael walked right through it. Gotcha.

2. Even if Doc Nos was right, meaning that Michael just "misspoke" on Larry King, Michael's "nobility" ought to be moot anyhow because Terri's attempt to communicate (A.) should delay if not invalidate both (B.) and (C.). If she is trying to communicate that means she DOESN'T have PVS, they ought to revisit the fact-finding on her condition, and perhaps she might be able to communicate her wishes to either live or die.

That is, unless those reports from the attorney are dismissed as hogwash. ("We've been over this a thousand times, guys... the woman's got PVS, it's a FACT, so it couldn't have happened - the attorney must've flatly made it up - Terri's just moaning, the poor woman, all PVS patients do that, just give it up guys!...")

If she can communicate her wish to live or die, then Michael does not have to wonder aloud what Terri's wishes really were like he did on Larry King; nor does he have the authority to carry out his "noble gesture" until he has ascertained her wishes directly; if he doesn't, then he's just a Murder One thug and everyone will know it.

Back in the day, when Michael was able to skate by on "media lite" coverage without being pressed on his contradictions, there was no problem with his story. Now that he's being pressed, he's been caught in an incriminating contradiction. Truly.

Even if we dismiss the hearsay testimony of (A.), on which most media still retain plausible deniability ("couldn't be true...besides, why raise false hope?"), the juxtaposing of his comments on ABC and CNN alone should do him in. (In fact, even CNN stuff alone is damning on its own but that's another post. :)

9:24 PM  
Blogger RD said...

Dr. Hammesfahr rules out hyperalkemia as well. He asserts Terri Schiavo never had a heart attack.

5:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed RD - Michael has been caught in yet another incriminating contradiction. Yet the courts look the other way - AGAIN. :{

Reading the transcript of Larry King's program I immediately focused on an issue that is consistently glossed over.

Larry King introduces the segment:

"Fifteen years ago, of course you know the story, Terri Schiavo - collapsed - when her heart temporarily stopped beating and oxygen cut off resulted in Terri suffering severe brain damage. "

It is incredibly frustrating when msm simply 'accepts for fact' that Terri 'collapsed' fifteen years ago.

Collapsed? Good grief!

ALL of Terri's hospital records sould be unsealed. A bone scan taken several months later revealed evidence of 'crushing' injury. Are we to believe that the hospital missed that entirely upon the initial examination of Terri?

Larry King states that it is on record that Terri's heart temporarily stopped.

How could the hospital miss four traumatised ribs while running tests for the heart irregularities?

How could the hospital miss the trauma to her neck ?

Were there no x-rays taken to help with her evaluation?

There is far too much left
unanswered without those records.

As of this moment, Terri remains in the throws of the court mandated death sentence. No nourishment or hydration for nearly 4 days. How many of us would voluntarily submit to die in such a slow, painful, torturous manner?

I don't know the Schindler family personally and I cannot fathom the emotional toll they are under.

5:42 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

It might be time if and when Terri dies her family file a wrongful death lawsuit against Michael Schiavo, or take some other legal action, if for no other reason than the need for the truth to come out.

There is so much not being said in the media, and I hold them responsible for not adequately investigating this case.

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Federal Judge James Whittemore should have treated this case as a fresh filing, and therefore should have restored nutrition and hydration to Terri while both sides presented evidence and testimony, not just 30 minutes each of legal briefs and argument.

It seems that stabilizing the ward was considered but not found to be of significant value, while the effort to present complete evidence from both sides (de novo). Judge Whitmore seems to have played his hand by predetermining little likelihood of the Schindlers winning the outcome already.

The remaining legal avenues appear terribly bleak.

Recognizing that there is very little possibility of Terri surviving this death sentence, we have to consider the action to be taken immediately post-mortem.

The following is a cut and paste from the blogsforterri website:


I hate to say this, but when Terri dies, here is what we need to do to achieve justice for Terri...

Contact the Chief Medical Examiner and demand he act...

Only known contact emails are

Example text follows:

Jon R. Thogmartin, M.D., District Chief Medical Examiner
10900 Ulmerton Rd., Largo FL 33778

Dear Dr. Thogmartin:
When Terri Schiavo dies, the potential exists that a crime will be covered up by her planned cremation without autopsy. That potential crime is NOT the issue at the center of the present controversy, but the yet unsubstantiated allegation that an assault led to her condition in the first place.

It has been reported in the press that Michael Schiavo intends to cremate Terri Schiavo immediately upon her death.
According to your department’s policy posted at: , you must approve or deny all such requests.

It appears you are in the position of declining the case and deferring to the certifying physician (one with a history of 5 NPDB reported malpractice cases) or choosing to disallow the cremation until your office can perform an appropriate investigation and/or postmortem examination to determine both the immediate cause of death AND the proximate cause of death.

I am sure I need not remind you that it is your ethical, legal, and moral responsibility to certify that a crime did not occur. Despite the currently accepted rationale for her initial “event”, evidence on postmortem examination may reveal that Terri Schiavo was the victim of a crime many years ago.
Even Forensic Pathologist Michael Baden publicly stated that he believes that her original injuries could have been consistent with strangulation. You are urged to consult him in the performance of your post mortem examination.

Judge Greer has not allowed an MRI or PET Scan. We both know that PET scans are of no value post mortem, but MRI may have some limited benefit, in addition to the physical autopsy, particularly for small, old injuries to ligaments and muscles that would be consistent with a trauma that occurred due to a crime.

Particularly due to the wide coverage in the press, You are encouraged to be public now about your plans in this regard. If there are perpetrators of a crime covering something up, they will not want you to perform such an examination. Please do not fall victim as well.

I am sorry for the additional pressure this entire affair has brought to you and your staff, but it appears now that you will be the one who will decide whether the Sunshine state really shines sun on the truth (one way or the other).

Thank you,

Posted by: Robert W. Smith MD


8:40 AM  
Anonymous Mary Ann said...

In actual fact severe eating disorders can result in conditions that lead to fractures and dissolving brain matter. In the deposition regarding the bone scan I keep seeing bandied about, the Dr. mentions Ms. Schiavo has osteopenia, which is thinning of the bone. A frequent, (but not the only) cause of osteopenia is osteoporosis. I know lots of people with a diagnosis of osteoporosis who have had spontaneous fractures. There is absolutely no proof, other than an assertion by Dr. Hammesfahr, who is not a Nobel prize nominee by the way, that Terri was abused. Don't you think abuse would be the ER's first assumption? It would be mine if a 26 yo woman came in the ER like that. There is NO physical evidence to back this up. No bruising, etc. Believe me, the ER Docs would have noticed. Bulimia could also cause a electrolyte imbalance, which could cause an arrythmia, which could cause her brain to be without oxygen for 5-8 min. More than enough to kill off big portions of her brain.

I see mention of the RN who worked with Ms Schiavo in '95-'96. I read her affidavit. I may have believed her until she mentions every time she wrote something positive about Terri, someone deleted it from the chart. Really? How? I've worked in health care for almost 25 years, in 4 states, although I've never worked in Florida. Every place I have worked has (approximately) the same procedures for documenting in the chart. Each person who charts adds to the previous note, in ink. In long term care, each patient is charted on every shift, even if it's just a few words. Depending on the complexity of the patient's care, you can have several days worth of chart notes on 1 sheet of paper. Did Michael Schiavo get every RN, LPN, CNA, Social worker, etc. to rewrite their notes so hers could be excluded?

I am perfectly willing to believe the Schindlers are doing what they feel is best for their daughter, even if I disagree with them. It infuriates me people can't presume the same of Michael Schiavo. Because you disagree with him, you have to vilify him. He might be an awful guy, I don't know, I've never met him, but for over 10 years, no-one has been able to prove he's done anything illegal.

I hope Terri's family is able to come to some sort of peace after their daughter/sister/wife's death, whether it occurs within the next few days, as is appearing increasingly likely, or at some other time in the future.

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