Thursday, March 31, 2005

Compare the Content

Now that Terri Schiavo has died, take a look at the two versions of it that has posted: the first was posted March 28 BEFORE SHE DIED, the second was posted today, March 31. The main difference is that in the March 28 story, the husband, Michael, was "at her bedside", in the March 31 story, her family was with her....

Short, Sad Life Of Terri Schiavo
NEW YORK, March TK, 2005

This story was written by's Christine Lagorio

Surrounded by stuffed animals and medical equipment in her small hospice room in Pinellas Park, Fla., Theresa Marie
Schindler Schiavo died TK.

Known as Terri Schiavo, the severely brain damaged Florida woman spent her last months in the glare of the public eye
as a few still images and several seconds of video of her repeatedly broadcast around the world.
She appeared made up
and dressed, although the 41-year-old had not enunciated a word nor made any choices since the 1990 heart attack that
left her body and mind ravaged.

Since 1998, when her husband Michael Schiavo first tried to have his wife's feeding tube and hydration stopped after
she'd been declared by doctors to be in a "permanent vegetative state," Terri Schiavo's life has been played out in
countless courts, the halls of congress and even in the executive office of United States — President Bush was roused in
the middle of the night to sign emergency legislation. The Vatican has even commented on her case.

But Schiavo grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, a shy girl who giggled easily, but who hated to stand out in a crowd.

"She was quiet," childhood friend Sue Pickwell told The Washington Post. Pickwell served as a bridesmaid in her friend's
wedding to Michael Schiavo. "She didn't like the limelight. How ironic is that?"

Terri Schiavo was locked in battle with her own personal image as far back as anyone can tell. She was an overweight
child who only gained pounds through adolescence, reaching at least 200 by her senior year of high school.
She loved popular magazines and idolized celebrities such as David Cassidy, Starsky and Hutch. She only showed her boisterous
side to a handful of close friends.

Those close friends have been telling newspapers that Terri never excelled in school. She sometimes talked about
becoming a veterinarian, but got barely passing grades while in Catholic school.

Her interests during school years are
unclear, though she shied away from boys and parties.

Once in college, she stuck to old friends. She married the first man she ever kissed. She organized the wedding at the
Catholic parish her family ha attended since her youth, Our Lady of Good Council.

She was a month shy of her 21st
birthday when she walked down the aisle.
Terri Schiavo's life as a newlywed exemplifies her small-town dreams.

After Michael and she returned from their
honeymoon at Disney World — a place the Post reports she equated annual visits to as living "a good life" — the
Schiavos lived in the Schindler's basement because they couldn't afford to pay rent.

Despite barely getting by, Terri
Schiavo cut herself off from some close friends because her marriage became her life.
But when the pair moved to Florida two years later, Michael got a job managing a restaurant at nights and Terri worked at
an insurance company during the day.

She made a few friends and began to lose a significant amount of weight.
Most accounts say she ate regularly, or even ate large portions. But medical experts say her loss of weight was too rapid,
and probably due to an acute case of bulimia, which led to an imbalance of electrolytes that caused her heart to stop.

On the evening of her heart attack, according to lawyer Gary Fox, who represented Michael Schiavo in a successful
medical malpractice suit against two doctors who failed to diagnose Terri as bulimic, Terri and Michael had eaten a large

One account says that after they had finished, Michael rushed to the bathroom upon hearing thumping coming from
behind the door. When he opened it, Terri was lying on the floor.

"She had purged, apparently, or vomited, binged, which is what bulimics do," Fox said.
The account of the incident is unclear, but by the time an ambulance arrived early on a February morning in 1990, Terri
Schiavo had suffered severe brain damage. She fell into a coma on Feb. 25, 1990, and had been in a persistent
vegetative state since.

But Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have hotly disputed that medical diagnosis. They repeatedly say
they see signs of life and get muted responses to questions when they visit their daughter's hospice room.

But because the pair lacks legal guardianship of their daughter, the courts have repeatedly ruled they are not authorized to make
decisions regarding her life, death, or funeral proceedings.

The feeding tube keeping Terri Schiavo alive had been removed twice and then reinserted, once through an emergency
court order and once on the order of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

The third feeding tube removal, March 18, was ordered by a Florida judge granting the husband's petition. It ultimately led to her death, TK days after feeding stopped.
Michael Schiavo, who was at the bedside of his wife Terri when she died, told Larry King that he lives now with another
woman with whom he has two children.

"I can love more than one person," he told King. "Everybody can do that."
According to friends and relatives, Michael Schiavo was Terri's only love. His big-but-tight-knit family took in Michael's
bride, and she befriended his siblings, including his brother, Scott.

"It's so sad they've turned this wonderful person into a sideshow," Scott Schiavo told the Post. "It's such a shame. It really
is. The one that's hurt the most here is Terri."
By Christine Lagorio

Now here's the link to the March 31 story:

So many people have trouble with truth.

More on this later.....


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