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« Reply #60 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 07:04am »

Terri Schiavo's breathing was labored and she showed signs of kidney failure as the Supreme Court on Wednesday once again refused to order her feeding tube reinserted, dealing another blow to her parents' attempts to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.

The decision, announced in a one-sentence order, marks the sixth time since 2000 that the court has refused to get involved in appeals filed by Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

Schiavo, 41, has been without food and water since March 18th, when her feeding tube was removed by a court order enforcing what her husband, Michael Schiavo, insists would be her wish to die under these medical circumstances.

The Schindlers doubt she had any end-of-life wishes and dispute that she is in a persistent vegetative state as court-ordered doctors have determined. They say she laughs, tries to speak and responds to them when they visit the hospice.

Terri Schiavo suffered catastrophic brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped for several minutes because of a chemical imbalance apparently brought on by an eating disorder.

For several hours Wednesday, a federal appeals court raised a flicker of hope for the Schindlers, but snuffed it out by firmly and resoundingly declining to intervene in the grueling legal battle.

"Any further action by our court or the district court would be improper," the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote. "While the members of her family and the members of Congress have acted in a way that is both fervent and sincere, the time has come for dispassionate discharge of duty."

"Any pretense of a meaningful legal battle now over Terri Schiavo is over," says CBS News Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen. "Her parents still may try to get into court - there is no law against it - but it is hard to imagine any judges even willing now to entertain a motion or hold a hearing."

"This is about as swift and as unanimous a rejection you can get from the federal courts," says Cohen. "In the span of roughly ten days, the Schindlers were rejected twice by a federal trial judge, four times by the federal appeals court, and twice by the Supreme Court."

"No matter which way Congress or the White House spin it, the simple fact is that they tried to throw a fast one by the judiciary and the federal courts would have none of it," adds Cohen. "The courts didn't just reject the Schindlers - judge after judge rejected the special legislation Congress passed on their behalf and the President's involvement as well."

Some experts say even if Schiavo's feeding tube were reinserted now, it might not save her.

Dr. Sean Morrison, a professor of palliative medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, said it is hard to predict what would happen if the tube were to be reinserted because it is highly unusual to do that after life-prolonging treatments have been stopped.

He said that if her kidneys have already shut down, reinserting the tube at this point might prolong her life by just hours or days. However, it could also hasten her death, he said, because it would supply fluids to a body that can no longer get rid of them.

Schiavo's parents, saying Terri still looks "surprisingly good," are asking their supporters to keep up efforts to reconnect her feeding tube before it is too late.

"We know that some of her organs are still functioning... It's not too late," said Bob Schindler.

But time is running out. Tuesday, Schindler described his daughter as "failing."

Wednesday, a man was arrested when he tried to take a plastic cup of water into the hospice. Officers stopped him at the gate as he shouted: "You don't know God from Godzilla!"

He is the 48th protester arrested since the tube was removed.

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« Reply #61 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 09:09am »

BREAKING NEWS FROM CBS...

Terry Shiavo died minutes ago...as soon as cbs gets the news online, I will post it here. cry
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« Reply #62 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 09:10am »

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,152015,00.html

Schiavo's Parents Want to Be at Bedside
Thursday, March 31, 2005

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Terri Schiavo (search) was in her final hours Thursday morning, and her parents were pleading with her husband Michael Schiavo to allow them to be at their brain-damaged daughter's bedside in her final hours, a spokesman for the family said.

Schiavo was entering her 14th day without food and water amid what could be the final legal setback for her parents after the U.S. Supreme Court refused again to hear their plea to reinsert Schiavo's feeding tube.

Wednesday night's decision came hours after a federal appeals court declined to hold another hearing on the issue. It was the sixth time since 2000 that the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case. Justices did not explain their decision and there was no indication how they voted.

It was also the second time in a week that the high court refused to hear the parents' appeal.

The latest emergency request argued that the federal courts didn't consider whether there was enough "clear and convincing" evidence that Schiavo would have chosen to die in her current condition. Doctors say she has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.

A court ruling had allowed her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo (search), to order the tube that has kept her alive removed.

Early Thursday, Terri Schiavo's brother said the nearly two weeks without food or water had taken a toll on his sister.

"It's not a pretty sight, I can tell you that," Bobby Schindler said.

The Rev. Frank Pavone, who accompanied him during the early morning visit, said Schiavo's face was shrunken and her eyes were oscillating from side to side.

Terri Schiavo's father had said Wednesday that that while his daughter was weak, her organs were functioning and she was responsive. "I'm asking that nobody throw in the towel as long as she's fighting, to keep fighting with her," Bob Schindler said.

Appearing with the woman's family earlier on Wednesday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson (search) said as long as it was possible to restore food and water, Schiavo's loved ones should not give up hope.

"We ask God to sustain this family as they go through this gut-wrenching ordeal," Jackson said, surrounded by Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler (search), and her brother and sister. "We know that the innocent do suffer and that you need not be guilty to be crucified."

Jackson was with the Schindler family for a second day on Wednesday. The onetime Democratic presidential contender broke with many fellow liberals in pressing for the reinsertion of Schiavo's feeding tube.

Less than a day after the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (search) allowed the Schindlers to file the latest of several emergency appeals to reverse the feeding tube decision, the court again rejected the possibility of a hearing.

"While the members of her family and the members of Congress have acted in a way that is both fervent and sincere, the time has come for dispassionate discharge of duty," Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. wrote for the majority.

For the appeal to be granted, the parents' request would have needed the support of seven of the court's 12 judges. Judge William H. Pryor Jr. was recovering from surgery and did not participate, and Judges Charles R. Wilson and Gerald Bard Tjoflat dissented.

Birch also addressed the "activist judges" label, which has been tossed at all the jurists involved in the case, using the term's definition in his criticism of President Bush and Congress.

"Despite sincere and altruistic motivations, the legislative and executive branches of our government have acted in a manner demonstrably at odds with our Founding Fathers' blueprint for the governance of a free people — our Constitution," he wrote.

Since Schiavo's feeding tube was removed on March 18, mostly Republican lawmakers and the president have taken extraordinary and unprecedented steps to nullify prior court decisions. State and federal court rulings have consistently sided with Michael Schiavo, who has successfully argued that his wife did not want to be kept alive artificially.

Birch scolded the "legislative and executive branches of our government" for muddying the separation of powers.

FOX News' Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Wednesday's rejection spelled the end of the road for their legal battle.

"The [Schindlers'] grounds were the same grounds as last week — their view that last week's congressional legislation required a federal judge to look at the same evidence the state judge looked at," he said. "This is the second time the appeals court said they wouldn't do it; the court decided there was nothing wrong with the state courts' rulings."

Napolitano added that while it was unfortunate that the court's decision was written in cold legalese, he could detect some amount of exasperation among the judges.

"The court is really saying to Congress, 'Don't tell the courts what to do,' and to the Schindlers, 'You've been here twice now, don't come back,'" he said.

It was not clear what, if any, effect reinserting the tube would have on Schiavo.

Dr. Alexander Mauskop, a neurologist and director of the New York Headache Center, said the chances are "close to zero" that Schiavo will survive, even if the tube is reattached.

Mauskop said that Schiavo's kidneys have probably failed, a condition that could not be reversed even if water supply to the body was resumed. And despite the Schindlers' claims, Mauskop said, Schiavo could not be conscious with such a severely eroded cerebral cortex.

"She's not suffering at all," he told FOX News, adding, "Maybe it would not be bad to let the parents have their child, even if it's just the body ... maybe they should have the right to come and watch her and think she's alive."

Schindler family spokesman Randall Terry (search ) angrily dismissed that assessment, calling Mauskop "Dr. Frankenstein."

"We have a moral obligation to continue to fight, even if it's all hope against hope," he told FOX News.

Differences of Opinion Turn Ugly

As Schiavo's life continues to slip away, some who believe she should be kept alive have resorted to extreme measures.

Florida Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer (search), who has consistently ruled in Michael Schiavo's favor, has found himself the target of a "sea of death threats," according to a report in the Washington Times.

Greer has received hate mail and threatening phone calls and has been personally harassed by angry protesters at his home and office. The judge is being guarded by sheriff's deputies, the Times said.

Florida lawmakers who believe the courts have proved Schiavo did not want to be kept alive while in a persistent vegetative state have also been harassed and threatened.

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, told "FOX & Friends" that in a legislative session last Thursday, "some of the female senators were crying on the floor, saying that they had been threatened with their lives because of this issue."

And the divide between Michael Schiavo's camp and the Schindlers' has turned even more venomous, with some accusing Schiavo of spousal abuse and blaming him for his wife's condition.

Terri Schiavo suffered catastrophic brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped for several minutes because of a potassium imbalance, which is commonly associated with bulimia. Schiavo was overweight as a teen and lost a dramatic amount of weight when she entered adulthood. Her husband maintains she had an eating disorder.

But charges from Terri's former nurse that she was abused by her husband have inflamed those who don't believe she is actually in a vegetative state. The nurse alleges that Michael Schiavo aggravated his wife's condition shortly after she was initially hospitalized because he wanted to be free of her — invoking parallels to Scott Peterson, the California man convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci.

Michael Schiavo's lawyer said Monday that an autopsy was planned to show the extent of his wife's brain damage.

Doctors have said Schiavo, 41, would probably die within two weeks after the tube was removed.

Protesters have not left the grounds of the Pinellas Park, Fla., hospice where Terri Schiavo lies. But as her death approaches, sheriffs are locking down the perimeter following threats to the building, including one from a person who said he would bomb the hospice if Schiavo died.

Sheriffs are also searching cars that approach the hospice, and are checking the grounds for suspicious packages.

FOX News' Jane Roh and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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« Reply #63 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 09:11am »

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,152015,00.html

Terri Schiavo (search) died Thursday morning around 10 a.m. EST after her parents had plead with her husband Michael Schiavo to allow them to be at their brain-damaged daughter's bedside in her final hours, a spokesman for the family said.

Schiavo died heading into her 14th day without food and water amid what could be the final legal setback for her parents after the U.S. Supreme Court refused again to hear their plea to reinsert Schiavo's feeding tube.

Wednesday night's decision came hours after a federal appeals court declined to hold another hearing on the issue. It was the sixth time since 2000 that the Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case. Justices did not explain their decision and there was no indication how they voted.

It was also the second time in a week that the high court refused to hear the parents' appeal.

The latest emergency request argued that the federal courts didn't consider whether there was enough "clear and convincing" evidence that Schiavo would have chosen to die in her current condition. Doctors say she has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years.

A court ruling had allowed her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo (search), to order the tube that has kept her alive removed.

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« Reply #64 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 09:54am »

Tonight this board will be holding a special memorial for Terri Shiavo. Hoping everyone can log on after 6 pm. to see it.
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« Reply #65 on: Mar 31st, 2005, 6:17pm »

I just wanted to say that today's news was very very sad. I knew that it would happen, but it was still heartbreaking. I feel that Terri is now with the angels where she will not feel any pain.

My thoughts are with her family that fought so hard to keep her.

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« Reply #66 on: Apr 2nd, 2005, 11:40pm »

Schiavo's Remains Cremated as Autopsy Becomes Part of Feud
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Published: April 3, 2005


AMPA, Fla., April 2 (AP) - Terri Schiavo's body was cremated on Saturday as disagreements continued between her husband and her parents, who were unable to have their own independent expert observe her autopsy.

The cremation was carried out according to a court order issued on Tuesday that established that Michael Schiavo had the right to make such decisions, said his lawyer, George Felos. He said plans for burying Ms. Schiavo's ashes in Pennsylvania, where she grew up, had not yet been completed.

Ms. Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, said they wanted to bury their daughter in Pinellas County so they could visit her grave.

The Schindlers had sought to have independent medical experts observe their daughter's autopsy at the Pinellas County medical examiner's office, but the agency refused their request, the family's lawyers David Gibbs III and Barbara Weller said on Saturday.

The autopsy was completed Friday, but the results are not expected for several weeks.

Ms. Schiavo, 41, died on Thursday, 13 days after the removal of the feeding tube that had kept her alive since 1990. That year, she suffered brain damage that court-appointed doctors determined had placed her in a persistent vegetative state. Her parents had fought in court to keep her alive, disputing the doctors' opinions and saying there was hope of improvement.

Mr. Schiavo has not spoken publicly since his wife's death, but Mr. Felos said on Saturday: "He's holding up. It's very difficult for him."

Mr. Schiavo is required to tell his wife's parents of any memorial services he plans and where his wife's ashes are interred.

The Schindlers plan to have their own memorial service on Tuesday at Most Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Gulfport, Fla.

Mr. Gibbs said the medical examiner's videotape, pictures and tissue samples from the autopsy could be reviewed by other experts if the family asks. While the autopsy report will be a public document, images will not be made public under a law passed in 2001 after the death of the race car driver Dale Earnhardt.

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« Reply #67 on: Apr 5th, 2005, 10:53pm »

Terri's family have arranged a funeral Mass to remember their daughter and sister. Supporters have been encouraged to join in prayer with the Schindlers.
Where:
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
5800 15th Avenue South
Gulfport, Florida 33707

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Tuesday, April 5, 2005
There will be a reception from 5.30 to 7.00pm at the Maria Center directly across from the church.

Services begin at 7.00.

Media:
The media has been asked to allow the family of Terri Schiavo and their many volunteers privacy at this time.

Offerings:
Terri's family has received flowers from so many people and are touched by these acts of kindness. They, literally, have no room left for more.

If you would like to send your condolences to the Schindler family in lieu of flowers, you may send a Mass Offering Card to the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church or a note to the Schindlers at the address below.

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« Reply #68 on: Jun 16th, 2005, 05:34am »

A new autopsy report sheds light on the life of Terri Schiavo.
While the official cause of Schiavo's death remains undetermined, a Florida medical examiner said he felt it was more likely a result of dehydration as opposed to starvation.

The report also reveals that Schiavo was blind, contradicting claims by Schiavo's parents that she made eye contact with them. Schiavo's brain was half the weight of a normal person's brain, according to Florida Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin.

"This damage was irreversible and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons," Thogmartin said.

What still isn't clear is exactly what led to the brain damage in the first place, Thogmartin said

It is still not clear exactly why Schiavo collapsed into unconsciousness 15 years ago, although there were no signs of abuse. Thogmartin said a heart attack or complications from an eating disorder also did not play a role in her collapse.

Schiavo's parents appealed to the Supreme Court and Congress to try and keep their daughter alive. Michael Schiavo, Terri's former husband, consistently said his wife did not want to live in a vegetative state.

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