Terri Schiavo’s Family Carries Her Legacy Forward Helping Disabled Patients

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 7, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo’s Family Carries Her Legacy Forward Helping Disabled Patients

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 7
, 2008

St. Petersburg, FL (LifeNews.com) — After her husband won the legal right to subject her to a painful euthanasia death via starvation and dehydration, the mainstream media coverage of Terri Schiavo ended abruptly. Proving they were more interested in protecting people than the lure of the cameras, Terri’s family hasn’t stopped fighting for the disabled.

Following Terri’s death, the Schindler family converted the foundation they established to provide her with medical care to helping other disabled patients.

The foundation now serves as a legal, medical and information clearinghouse for patients and their families.

LifeNews.com recently profiled the case of Janet Rivera, a California woman whose family fought a decision by a public guardian to deprive her of food and water.

Behind the scenes, the foundation played a critical role, as Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler tells LifeNews.com.

"When we heard about her circumstances, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation immediately sprang into action," Schindler said.

"We helped the family find the right legal counsel and after days of hard work and persistence, the Court finally intervened and stopped this terrible travesty," he added.

Schindler said Terri’s family was especially interested in helping Rivera and her family because of the situation.

"What makes these circumstances so important is that, unlike my sister Terri, where we were fighting a husband who didn’t care, Janet Rivera’s husband wanted her to live. So did her entire family," Schindler said.

Terri’s family also played a crucial role in helping 25-year-old Brenden Flynn, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a horrible car accident.

Doctors told Flynn’s family Brenden had no chance of any meaningful recovery but Brenden’s mother, a nurse with 22 years of experience, refused to give up hope.

"Not long ago, I interviewed both Brenden and his mother," Schindler exclaimed. "That’s right, he’s fully recovered."

"People like Brenden, Janet, and my sister Terri are why the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation exists," Schindler tells LifeNews.com.

"When families face the tragedy of traumatic brain injury, like Terri had, we are there to help them protect the life of their loved one," he said.

"Every day calls come into Terri’s Foundation from desperate families frantically trying to save the lives of their disabled love ones. And every day we immediately connect the concerned family members with needed legal assistance and medical support," Schindler concludes.

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

 

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