Michael Schiavo Moves Terri Back to the Hospice

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 22, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Michael Schiavo Moves Terri Back to the Hospice

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 22, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Late Wednesday, Terri’s family became alarmed when Michael Schiavo moved her to an undisclosed location. Eventually, Terri’s family learned she had been moved back to the hospice in Pinellas Park where she had been staying prior to her hospitalization for rehydration and insertion of her feeding tube.

In an email to LifeNews.com, Pamela Hennessy, a spokeswoman for Bob and Mary Schindler, said Michael moved Terri only minutes before they were scheduled to visit her at the hospital.

"I have no idea where she is," Terri’s brother Bob said minutes after Schiavo was taken by ambulance from the hospital. "I just got a call an hour ago from my mom saying, ‘Get to the hospital. They’re going to let us visit Terri.’ Now we don’t know where she is."

The action came on the same day after Michael prevented Terri’s family from visiting her for 24 hours.

"The family has not yet been permitted to see their daughter/sister, nor have they had any information disclosed to them that would assure them that Terri is healthy enough to be taken from a hospital to another location," Hennessy added.

Pat Anderson, the family’s attorney, said she believes the multiple transfers are being done in an attempt to weaken or kill Terri.

"It’s a shell game," Anderson said. "It’s a calculated attempt to debilitate her physically, but she has an iron will to live, so don’t count her out."

Eventually, Michael relented and allowed the family to see Terri. She continues to be in a very tenuous medical condition.

Anderson confirmed that Terri’s feeding tube has been reinserted.

Terri looked gaunt and her eyes were bloodshot red, Anderson said, adding, "I think what we’re looking at is the price of moving her.

Anderson again asked Michael to remove himself as Terri’s guardian. "He’s already moved on with his life," she said. "Just leave her alone."

Meanwhile, a judge appointed a special guardian for Terri, though it remains unclear how broad the guardian’s powers will be and how they effect Michael’s status as guardian — especially in light of his transferring Terri to a secret location.

Anderson wants the special guardian to have significant powers, including authorizing rehabilitative treatments and determining who can visit Terri.

Doctors began giving fluids to Terri on Tuesday night in preparation for reinserting her feeding tube. The actions came at the request of Governor Jeb Bush, who was granted power to issue an executive order stopping the starvation or dehydration deaths of any patients in Florida, such as Terri Schiavo.

Related web sites:
Bob and Mary Schindler – https://www.terrisfight.org