Saturday, March 26, 2005

Update on Terri Shiavo's Physical Condition

Last night I had a posting on how CNN and Fox differed in their coverage on Terri’s physical condition. This afternoon their updated articles continue the trend with CNN having more information than Fox on comments from Michael Schiavo and his side of the story. Fox continues to emphasize Terri being starved. Here are the specifics:

From Michael Schiavo’s point of view:


Felos said that he had visited Terri Schiavo for 20 minutes at her hospice in Pinellas Park on Saturday. "Frankly, when I saw her...she looked beautiful. In all the years I've seen Mrs. Schiavo, I've never seen such a look of peace and beauty upon her." He refuted charges made by Schiavo's parents that her lips were bleeding, her skin was peeling and that she appeared in discomfort. Felos said that "it felt right and appropriate that Mrs. Schiavo not be fed and sustained through an artificial device" and that "she has a right to die with dignity" and "in peace" without the release of video and photographs of her at this time.

He said Schiavo's breathing has been regular and that her death doesn't appear "imminent."


"He knows in his heart he is doing the right thing, he is doing what Terri wanted," Scott Schiavo said. "He's having a hard time understanding why people are fighting him on this, why they are calling him a murderer. It's very tough on him."

From the Schindler’s point of view:


"She is fighting like hell to stay alive. And I want the powers to be to know that," Bob Schindler told reporters after visiting his daughter at the hospice Saturday. "Anyone that has the authority to come in and to save Terri, they can do it. It's not too late. She's fighting and we're asking you to fight with her."

Schindler said his daughter has been showing signs of "starvation and lack of hydration."

Outside the hospice Saturday, Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo's brother, challenged lawmakers to go inside and see her. "And when they come out, you need to ask them if Congress and the governor were wrong to get involved in my sister's case."


Her body wracked by dehydration, Terri Schiavo moved closer to death Saturday. Doctors have said she would probably die within a week or two of her feeding tube being pulled, which was done March 18 after a judge sided with her husband's argument that she would not want to be kept alive artificially. "She's doing remarkably well under the circumstances," said Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler, after visiting her inside the hospice Saturday afternoon. "She has put up a tremendous battle to live. She's not throwing in the towel."

Links to today’s articles:,2933,151585,00.html

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