Terri Schiavo’s Condition Deteriorates, Likely Beyond Recovery

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 29, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Condition Deteriorates, Possibly Beyond Recovery Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 29
, 2005

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schaivo’s medical condition continues to deteriorate and she has possibly reached the point at which she would not be able to recover if she receives food and water because her internal organs are beginning to shut down.

George Felos, the euthanasia advocate who is Michael’s lead attorney, visited Terri for more than an hour on Monday.

"Terri’s eyes do look more sunken," Felos said. "And her breathing was a little on the rapid side."

Felos asserted that Terri "has had no urine output since [Sunday] night." Doctors say that is an indication that her internal organs are faltering.

CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, told the news network that the lack of urine is likely caused by her kidneys failing. Once that happens, Terri will have reached the point of no return and reinserting her feeding tube will not save her life.

However, Terri’s family said Tuesday that Terri urinated overnight, proving that her kidneys were still functioning.

Felos also said reports of Terri receiving morphine to stop pain may be deceiving.

Terri has not been placed on a morphine drip, but had received two "minuscule" five milligram doses of the drug since her feeding tube was removed on March 18.

According to a CBC News report, Felos said that hospice records showed Terri received a single dose of morphine on March 19 and another similar-sized dose on March 26.

"Mrs. Schiavo is not on a morphine drip, she has never been on a morphine drip, that is absolutely false and the dose of morphine in this manner is as small a dose as could be given," Felos said.

That means Terri could still be experiencing extreme pain associated with the starvation and dehydration death.

Meanwhile, Terri’s family and supporters have been visiting her and they describe her condition in urgent terms.

Terri’s sister, Suzanne Vitadamo, visited Terri at the hospice Monday.

"She’s weaker but she’s still trying to talk," Vitadamo said.

"I will tell you this, the look on her face is, ‘Please help me,’ Vitadamo explained. "She’s fighting, she’s struggling, and does this sound like someone who wants to die? I don’t think so."

"She’s still communicating, she’s still responding," Terri’s father Bob added. "She’s emaciated, but she’s responsive."

"She’s very, very, very weak. But she’s still showing facial expressions," Schindler said. "She’s failing, but she’s still with us."

Meanwhile, Schindler family attorney David Gibbs also spent time with Terri Monday and says she “looks thin" and is “obviously losing weight."

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