As she lay dying, the media kept a grim countdown of the number of days she had been without food and water, and pundits opined on the cable news shows and in the newspapers about death with dignity and the sanctity of life. Her death, and the circumstances surrounding it, was commented upon more widely than most in modern history, and yet also probably one of the most misunderstood.
For the first few days, Terri appeared more or less normal. She continued to interact with her family and appeared alert. But after 3 or 4 days, the change in her condition became noticeable: Her skin started to appear dry and lifeless, and she became less responsive. By the seventh day, the Schindlers were telling me, in our daily telephone conversations, that Terri had become lethargic, and within a few more days, almost entirely unresponsive. Sometime around day 10 or 11 Terri suffered renal failure, which led swiftly to, and was the immediate cause of, her death.
In this article, he describes and analyzes the events and circumstances surrounding Terri's tragic death, and uncovers some information you may not have seen before, such as:
Judge Greer took it upon himself to decide which tests Terri could or could not have, prompting one attorney to say that the judge "practiced quite a bit of medicine" in Terri's case.He also explained, almost two months before the autopsy results came out, why the contention that "Terri was bulimic" was nonsense, which turned out to be true.
Terri's death did not take place in quite the manner which the mainstream media reported.
Terri's death, like much of the information concerning her condition while alive, was the object of spin and outright disinformation. In this Catholic World Report article, Father Rob unpacks the distortions and gives us the truth.