Terri Schiavo’s Family Concerned About Italian Woman and Euthanasia Fight
by Steven Ertelt
July 10, 2008
Rome, Italy (LifeNews.com) — The family of Terri Schiavo is concerned about an Italian woman whose father has won the right form a court to subject her to a painful euthanasia death. They fear Eluana Englaro will be dehydrated and starved to death in the same way Terri’s husband forced her to endure.
Englaro has been in what doctors term a vegetative state for 16 years and has received food and water through a feeding tube.
Beppino Englaro, Eluana’s father, has been seeking the right to remove the feeding tube and starve and dehydrate Eluana to death in the same way as Schiavo.
Schiavo’s husband won that right after a years-long legal battle that made its way to the Supreme Court. Though she was able to interact with her parents and siblings, Schiavo died after a painful starvation death that covered nearly two weeks.
On Wednesday, Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler talked with LifeNews.com about the situation.
He said that if Eluana is ultimately starved to death it would be a "barbaric and inhumane death."
This court’s ruling seems to indicate that American medical ethics are spreading like a virus among the international community, threatening countless numbers of elderly, ailing and disabled persons in an increasing and alarming way, he said.
Our heart goes out to this family as we know very well the profound affect that these types of injuries can have on loved ones. However, we must remember that we have a grave obligation to do all we can to protect those with disabilities, recognizing that a person with a brain injury is a human being with an inherent dignity and a right to life," he added.
"This young girl needs only food and water and her familys love to survive. At the very least this should be provided to her," Schindler concluded.
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