I know it’ll never happen, but I’d really like to hear from the nursing staff about Terri. I’d like to know what the independent third parties who interact with her every day have to say.
I know what it was like when my brother and I made the same decision for our mother; it was very clear-cut for us, and we had legal authority to do what we did.
She was on an IV drip of a med to help sustain her blood pressure, and at the highest possible dose. When we shut off the IV, her blood pressure didn’t change. Her heart was shot, and she had suffered a stroke about a week before. When the last of the liquid food ran out, the nurse pulled the tube. For the next 36 hours, we used wet swabs to moisten her lips, until she died 22 December, 1998.
But there was no question about our actions, and they were rooted in love. There was no question about our motives for doing what we did. I think there are tremendous questions here about Michael Schiavo’s motives. If he really didn’t want to deal with her anymore, and really wanted to legitimately move on with his life, then why didn’t he divorce her years ago? It might have been precedent-setting to divorce an incapacitated person, but what of this case hasn’t been? He’s already moved on to a great extent: he’s got two children from another woman. Precious little has been said about her; I’m sure that would be an interesting interview.