Terri Schiavo’s Family Plans Book Detailing Their Struggle to Save Her

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 28, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
September 28, 2005

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s family plans to write a book about their struggle to save the Terri’s life from her estranged husband, who, after a legal battle that he dragged on for years, was allowed to euthanize his wife by denying her food and water. His actions led to a painful two week starvation and dehydration that eventually claimed the disabled woman’s life.

Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler and her brother and sister, Suzanne Vitadamo and Bobby Schindler, plan to publish the memoir of Terri’s life around March 2006, the first anniversary of Terri’s death.

"This book is the moving story of an ordinary family caught up in extraordinary circumstances," Jamie Raab, senior vice president and publisher at Warner Books, told the Associated Press about the book.

The book will be sent to bookstores about the same time as one that a euthanasia advocate will help Michael Schiavo write. Author Michael Hirsh plans to interview Michael about his side of the story and publish a book entitled, "Terri: the Truth." That’s also planned for a March released and will be published by Dutton Publishing.

Warner Books indicated the Schindler family will donate proceeds from the book to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo foundation. Formerly a vehicle to help them save their daughter’s life, the Schindler family is now using the foundation to speak out on behalf of the disabled and other people whose lives are threatened by assisted suicide and euthanasia.

A press release announcing the book said Terri’s family "fought simply as a caring family and never the ideological zealots depicted by the mainstream media."

"For the first time ever, they will share their love and sorrow, joy and pain, and some shocking revelations as they honor Terri’s life, mourn her death, and finally tell the whole story, the true story, of an innocent woman who met a needlessly premature death.”

The Schindlers’ book has not yet been given a title.

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