Terri Schiavo’s Family Looks Back at Battle With Michael, But Moving On

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 30, 2006

New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo’s parents and siblings looked back at their legal battle with Terri’s former husband Michael and participated in several media interviews about their efforts to prevent her painful euthanasia death.

In an interview with the Fox News Channel, the Schindler family discussed their new book A Life That Matters that replays the legal battle. Proceeds from the book will help their foundation, which is working full-time to assist disabled patients like Terri.

Mary Schindler, Terri’s mother, talked about the loss she’s experienced with the death of her daughter.

"There’s a void in my life. I don’t have her any more … She was so funny and she laughed, and knew I was in the room," Mary said.

Meanwhile, Bobby Schindler insisted more investigation was needed into what caused his sister to collapse. An autopsy ruled out the chemical imbalance or bulimia that Michael and the media alleged caused her collapse.

"Terri and Michael are the only ones that know what happened that night," Bobby said. "Michael’s never properly investigated."

Bobby pointed to information that came out after Terri’s collapse — a bone scan showing signs of physical trauma, details of conversations Terri had with friends about her unhappiness in the marriage to Michael, and a severe argument the couple had during the day before Terri’s overnight collapse.

"If we knew then what we know now, maybe this whole thing would have happened differently," Bobby told FNC.

Bob Schindler, Terri’s father, said media reports of what happened skew the picture in favor of Michael and that those who know the intimate details of the situation side with them.

"Anybody that knows what happened in Terri’s case immediately are already favorable and supportive for what we are doing for her," he said.

Bobby added, "Faced with the same circumstances, anybody in this room would have done what we did. … Terri had a brain injury. She was disabled."

Yesterday, the Schinder family also appeared on Scarborough Country on MSNBC to discuss Terri’s life and death.

Bobby said he’s not bothered by the new book Michael wrote that attacks the Schindler family and, as Michael told CNN, "settles a score" with them.

"It doesn’t matter what Michael says about our family," Bobby said.

"It doesn’t change that fact of justify or rationalize what he did to my sister and I thinks its really just a distraction trying to take the focus [off] what he did to [my] sister which was brutally starving and dehydrating her to death," he added.

Bobby criticized Michael for using Terri’s grave marker to memorialize himself with the words, "I kept my promise."

"Anybody who would starve a human being to death, we’re really not surprised or shocked at anything he does or has done," he said.

Despite the lingering animosity, Bobby Schindler said his family is moving on and focusing now on helping disabled people receive the medical care and treatment they deserve.

"The issue with Michael is over and we’re really trying to do what we can to protect those from what happened to Terri and be a voice for the disability community so something like this won’t happen to other families," he concluded.

Related web sites:
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation – https://www.terrisfight.org