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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

What experts??

From FoxNews:

If Terri Schiavo dies from the removal of her feeding tube, her passing should be peaceful, experts say. After all, she is in a persistent vegetative state without conscious awareness, they noted.

Really? Who are these experts? How do they know what sort of state she’s in? The article doesn’t say.

But studies show that even patients who can speak and who have chosen to stop eating and drinking generally don't complain of thirst or hunger, said Dr. Russell Portenoy, chair of palliative care at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York."It's as if the body has a protective mechanism at the end of life, such that loss of appetite and loss of thirst precede the dying process," he said.

No doubt this is true for the elderly, or for those dying of a disease. But Terri is not dying of a disease, nor is she dying of old age.

"It's usually quite a peaceful death," Portenoy said. "The person generally looks as if he or she is drifting off to sleep, and then dies."

I’m really getting tired of hearing this. I wonder if Portenoy is aware of the “exit protocol” prescribed for Terri, which includes:*

antacid suspension
lip moistener
saliva substitute
scopolamine patch behind ear
morphine sulfate Q4
diazepam rectal administration

::: shudder :::

*thanks to Fr. Rob Johansen at Thrown Back for explanation of these medications and their indications.


  • It is very evident that after Terri spent two years in her “broken” state of consciousness that here husband was ready to “dispose” of her. He had grown tired of his vows of “for better or worse” and was plotting to engage the “till death do us part” clause of the contract.

    By Blogger Freaki, at 11:59 AM  

  • Presumably they are the same sort of experts the Schiavo family got to post affidavits on their website saying that Mrs Schiavo needed more tests, despite 15 of them basing their opinions on edited video clips provided by the family, and none of them having actually examined her. Oh, and two of them lying about being doctors.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:23 AM  

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