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A US blog that i really enjoy posted a terrific, informed, humane, angry entry on this exact subject recently, I'm sure you'd find it an interesting read. I don't think they have permalinks, the blog is at http://server4.moody.cx/ and the post is dated 31 March.

Laura, thanks for that link. You can actually find a permalink via clicking on the comments:

http://server4.moody.cx/index.php?id=89#comment

Thanks for this information Susoz, I had no idea. It certainly makes the way she died quite ironic and gives me some insight into that particular family dynamic.

In your article above you state:

"It concerns the fact that she entered the vegetative state as a result of an eating disorder. Now there's a supreme irony: such global cacophony as to whether she should be 'starved to death' when in fact this was all as a result of her starving herself."

At the Chicago Sun-Times they write:

"Terri had been an overweight teenager, at one point weighing 250 pounds. Didn't her loving parents worry when they saw their daughter shrink to 110 pounds? Didn't her husband notice she ate very little and purged after meals? Did her family or her friends question her extreme eating habits?" [End Quotes]

If you read the "Historical Facts in Theresa Marie Schiavo’s Case" section of the Guardian Ad Litem report prepared by Mr. Jay Wolfson in 2003 you will find the following comment:

"Through the age of 18, Theresa was, according to her parents, very overweight, until she chose to lose weight with the guidance of a physician. She dropped from 250 pounds to around 150 pounds, at which time she met Michael Schiavo."

The above comment from Mr. Wolfson raises at least one question in my mind. If Terri Schiavo had enough sense to lose weight under a doctor's supervision before meeting Mr. Schiavo, why would she have gone off on her own with a radical regime of eat and purge?

One other point I'd like to note is the discharge summary from Humana Hospital - Northside dated May 9, 1990 makes no mention of either eating disorder or bulimia. The doctors and nurses at Humana were in daily contact with Mr. Schiavo and the Schindler's. Isn't it kind of odd that nobody from either side mentioned an eating disorder or bulimia in those early days of her hospital confinement? All other medical and miscellaneous reports from those first six to 12 months that I have been able to locate also never mention an eating disorder as the cause for Terri Schiavo's collapse.

Sam, I'm by no means an expert on the intricacies of the Schiavo case and don't seek to be. I looked up the Wolfson report, which is at
http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/schiavo/1203galrpt.pdf
and see on p8: 'the medical records note that the combination of aggressive weight loss, diet control and excessive hydration raised questions about ... bulimia, an eating disorder"
The lack of comment from her parents and husband about this could be seen as in keeping with the psychological dynamics I suggested in my entry.

Susoz,

Got the e-mail and reply sent. Thank you for your time.

I think the lack of comment by either side of the family here is due to the fact that "eating disorders" and "bulimia" were never an issue until the malpractice lawsuits filed in 1992.

Mr. Schiavo is not stupid. He knew what strings to pull to get the sympathy of a jury. I have not be able to locate the entire trial transcript from 1992, but those parts that are available show that Mr. Schiavo knew exactly what would move a jury to find a verdict in his favor.

Here is one thing that nobody has ever answered: Mr. Schiavo said in 1997 that it was Terri's wish to "not live like that." There is another quote that claims Terri said "No tubes for me." Going back to the May 1990 Humana Hospital report, the doctor says Terri was on a ventilator and in a coma for a period of time. Why didn't Mr. Schiavo respect Terri's wishes right then and there and instruct the doctors in 1990 to "pull the plug"? From 1997 to present Mr. Schiavo maintains that he was just trying to carry out Terri's wish to not live the way she was. It certainly would have been more humane to disconnect life support in 1990 than to starve Terri to death in 2005.

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