Terri Schiavo’s Parents Finally Able to Visit Their Daughter

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 24, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Parents Finally Able to Visit Their Daughter

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 24, 2004

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — After weeks of preventing Bob and Mary Schindler from visiting their daughter, Terri Schiavo’s estranged husband finally allowed them the opportunity to spend precious time with her.

"Terri was very responsive. Her mom greeted her first and she began laughing and trying to talk," Terri’s father, Bob Schindler, Sr., told LifeNews.com in exclusive comments. "Terri looked good with no visible negative signs, however she is being administered antibiotics."

However, neither hospice staff nor Michael or his representatives would disclose why.

"[Michael] Schiavo will not allow us to be told any medical information regarding Terri," he said.

Schindler told LifeNews.com that he followed up on his concerns that Terri has had several teeth pulled as a result of a lack of dental care. Although Terri receives food and water through a feeding tube, her family is concerned that staff are not treating her teeth properly.

"We verified that Terri had 3 teeth extracted from the upper left and 2 from the lower left side," Bob Schindler explained.

"The top gums looked pink, the bottom looked dark, but I had a difficult time seeing. This is a result of 10 years of dental neglect," he added.

Michael has been living with girlfriend Jodi Centonze, with whom he has two children. He sent Gloria Centonze, an unidentified relative, to "supervise" the Schindlers’ visit with their daughter.

On previous occasions, Michael has sent Jodi to monitor the Schindlers while they visited Terri.

Though he allowed the Schindlers to visit, Michael prevented Terri’s brother, Bobby, from seeing her. The Schindlers have been waging an unsuccessful legal battle to allow Bobby to replace Michael as Terri’s legal guardian.

Although Michael limited the Schindlers to just one hour with their daughter, their joy was unmistakable.

Bob Schindler told LifeNews.com that Terri enjoyed watching her mother and tried to talk to both of her parents.

"This lasted for a good half hour, then she got tired, but rallied the last 10 minutes," he said.

Related web sites:
Terri Schiavo’s family – https://www.terrisfight.org