Terri Schiavo’s Father Robert Schindler Hospitalized After Strokes

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 22, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Father Robert Schindler Hospitalized After Strokes

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
December 22
, 2006

St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) — Robert Schindler, the father of Terri Schiavo, the disabled woman whose former husband won a legal battle to kill her via euthanasia, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. Schindler entered the hospital this weekend after a minor stroke and appeared to be recovering but suffered a second stroke Wednesday.

LifeNews.com spoke with Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother, earlier in the week and he indicated that Robert suffered a mild brain stem stroke on Sunday.

Robert was placed in the ICU and was suffering from right side weakness and slurred speech but cognitive function was unaffected.

Bobby told LifeNews.com the Schindler family was not seeking publicity about his father’s case but word of his hospitalization leaked out over the Internet.

Bobby said at the time that his father and his family was in good spirits and looking to helping Robert undergo rehabilitation to recover from the stroke.

Then, on Thursday, Robert suffered a second stroke and is back in the ICU again. As a result, the Schindler family is under tremendous stress and is seeking prayers from the pro-life community that stood with them during the battle to save Terri’s life.

Once Robert is stabilized following this second stroke, he will be transferred to a rehabilitation center.

Wesley Smith, a leading bioethics watchdog and author, commented, "It’s been a very tough couple of years for the Schindler family."

"Regardless of where one stands on the Terri Schiavo case, the Schindlers–Bob, Mary, Bobby, and Suzanne Vitadamo–deserve our best wishes and, for those of a mind, prayers, toward Bob’s complete recovery and the family’s well being in this difficult time," Smith added.

Meanwhile, Mark Pickup, a Canadian disability rights activist who has been in touch with the Schindler family this week, told LifeNews.com, "Bob Schindler is an ordinary man thrown into extraordinary circumstances and responded with extraordinary courage, tenacity and resolve to save his child."

"Bob Schindler is the ordinary man in all of us," Pickup explained. "He has shown men like me — a man with great gaping holes in our characters — that we too can rise against insurmountable odds."

LifeNews.com is suggesting that pro-life people consider sending a special Christmas donation to the Terri Schiavo Foundation, the organization that the Schindler family operates and works for to protect disabled people in light of Terri’s euthanasia death.

ACTION: Please send your cards and donations to: The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, 5562 Central Ave. # 2, St. Petersburg, FL, 33707.

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