Gary Coleman’s Wife Mentions Terri Schiavo in Comments About Pulling Plug
by Steven Ertelt
June 4, 2010
Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) — Gary Coleman’s ex-wife said in a new interview that she pulled the plug on the actor last week because she didn’t want him ending up like Terri Schiavo. The comments have sparked an outcry from pro-life advocates, who are also upset by continued mainstream media misreporting on Terri.
Shannon Price told TMZ in a video interview the day after Coleman’s death,
"[The doctors] said even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He would be basically like Muhammed Ali."
"Be in my situation. I mean, look what happened with Terri Schiavo. I always think of her case, always, when it comes to this. Gary was gone," Price added. "And he would have died sooner or later anyway from that."
She told TMZ, "I don’t want people to be so hard on me, thinking I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn’t have made it anyway. His heart would have just given out. I don’t want people to sit there and think I’m a b—-, and that I didn’t care about him."
After citing Price’s quotes to TMZ, the New York Daily News "reported" that "Schiavo, of Florida, languished in a coma for years before her husband won a drawn-out court battle to pull the plug."
But pro-life blogger Jill Stanek says that’s not true, because Terri was never on life support — she merely had assistance eating and drinking.
"For the gazillionth time, Terri Schiavo was not brain dead when a FL judge ordered her dehydrated and starved to death in 2005," Stanek said.
She added, "Oxygen deprivation left Terri mentally disabled, but she was responsive, particularly to family. There was no correlation between Terri’s condition and actor Gary Coleman’s apparently unresponsive condition, although even that is unclear."
"In this story we have a ready example demonstrating how the media always has and continues to get Terri’s condition wrong," Stanek responded, saying the Daily News story is "absolutely false."
"We also see demonstrated how one should be very careful about who one decides to hand over a power of attorney," Stanek adds about Price’s decision.
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