Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Ash Nazg Durbatulûk
National Review Online: Starving for a Fair Diagnosis
"Many people believe that Terri Schiavo has had “the best of care,” and that everything has been tried by way of rehabilitation. This belief is false...
...Terri’s diagnosis was arrived at without the benefit of testing that most neurologists would consider standard for diagnosing PVS. One such test is MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)...Terri has never had one. Michael has repeatedly refused to consent to one. The neurologists I have spoken to have reacted with shock upon learning this fact. One such neurologist is Dr. Peter Morin. He is a researcher specializing in degenerative brain diseases, and has both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Boston University.
In the course of my conversation with Dr. Morin, he made reference to the standard use of MRI and PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scans to diagnose the extent of brain injuries. He seemed to assume that these had been done for Terri. I stopped him and told him that these tests have never been done for her; that Michael had refused them.
There was a moment of dead silence.
'That’s criminal,' he said, and then asked, in a tone of utter incredulity: 'How can he continue as guardian? People are deliberating over this woman’s life and death and there’s been no MRI or PET?' He drew a reasonable conclusion: 'These people [Michael Schiavo, George Felos, and Judge Greer] don’t want the information.'"
Read it all.
Update: Troops of Devils, Mad with Blasphemy
Excerpt from ABC's transcript of Michael Schiavo's remarks on Nightline last night. Bold mine.
BURY: Your wife's family and their supporters have been arguing in the most graphic terms that what you are going to allow happen on Friday, in their words, is in effect condemning your wife to a cruel death by starvation.
I'd like you to address that charge from them.
SCHIAVO: That's one of their soapboxes they've been on for a long time.
Terry will not be starved to death. Her nutrition and hydration will be taken away.
If that isn't the Black Speech from Hell, I don't know what is.