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We Love You, Terri Schiavo!

Hi all. This post expressed my personal view towards the case about whether Terry Schiavo should be kept alive. The information and statistics of this post is obtained from Terri’s Fight. teddY shall not be held responsible for any damages caused by this post.


Terri’s Fight

Terri Schiavo suffered severe brain damage in 1990 following a heart attack. The brain damage left her unable to care for herself so for the last 15 years she’s had a feeding tube in her for nutrients and fluids. (Quoted from Terri’s Fight)

However, things changed when Terri’s husband appealed to the court that Terri shall have her feeding tube removed. I wonder why he did that! He won a suitcase by sueing the hospital about Terri’s incident, and he got about 1 million dollars for that. Now what is left is only a ere 50,000 dollars. Instead of using them on Terri, he used those money on himself! What a selfish guy!

Terri has the right to live on. Her husband, although is a legal guardian, shall not have the right to determine whether Terri should die. He just can’t do that! On the other hand, Terri is not PVS (Persistent Vegetative State).The definition of PVS is a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

(a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind.
(b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

Terri’s behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment. (Quoted from Terri’s Fight)

Here is a quote from the DECLARATION OF SUZANNE VITADAMO:

Mrs. Weller stood up and learned over Terri. She took her arms in her hands. Mrs. Weller begged Terri to try to say, “I want to live.” Terri’s eyes opened wide, she looked at Mrs. Weller with great concentration and said, “Ahhhhhhh.” Then, with great effort, she screamed, “Waaaaaaaa” so loudly that Michael Vitadamo and the female police officer who were then standing together outside Terri’s door, clearly heard her.

Terri had a look of anguish on her face and she seemed to be struggling hard, but was she could not complete the sentence. Terri began to cry and Mrs. Weller and I began to stroke Terri’s face and hair to comfort her.

Terri, I would always suppirt you and I really hope that your feeding tube would be again, reconnected. Today is the 9th day you’re left without any food and water.

To Terri: Please , just say “I want to live”, and this entire ordeal would come to an end. I felt very sad to hear that you’re left with no choice but to be starved to death. May God bless you.

To Terri’s family: I am touched by your effort to keep Terri alive.

To those who cared about Terri: Thanks for taking good care of her. You’re really good people. Thanks!

To Terri’s husband: What do you want to het? You’ve spend a lot of money you’ve gotton after winning the suit! What do you want??!!

I feel like crying while typing out this post. Why should Terri die? Is being immobile and unable to speak a crime??? Why the world is always so unfair?

Support Terri. Donate money. Write in your support. Do it here!!!

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