June 15, 2005
Schiavo's Brain Was Severely Deteriorated, Autopsy Says
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Terri Schiavo did not suffer any trauma prior to her 1990 collapse and her brain was about half of normal size when she died, according to results released Wednesday of an autopsy conducted on the severely brain-damaged woman.
Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin concluded that there was no evidence of strangulation or other trauma leading to her collapse. He also said she did not appear to have suffered a heart attack and there was no evidence that she was given harmful drugs or other substances prior to her death.
Vindicating the poor husband, at last. Is it naive to hope those who so publicly smeared him will go to equal lengths now to take it back? *Obviously*.
She died from dehydration, he said.
He said she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth as her parents' requested.
And as various whack-jobs, including nurses-aids, claimed they did on a regular basis. But, hey! -- Remember: she spoke to Randall Terry!
Thogmartin said that Schiavo's brain was about half of its expected size when she died March 31 in a Pinellas Park hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.
"The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain. ... This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."
So... these results would appear to vindicate the side of science & reason and completely condemn the side of ignorants in the grip of religious hysteria. What a surprise!
EDITED by Nick to fix the link that was stretching the page. Didn't think you'd mind.
Edited by Nick, 15 June 2005 - 11:05 AM.