Many people have contacted the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation. Doctors, Nursing Professionals and even people who have recovered from cognitive disabilities.
Read what they have to say about this important cause.
What people are saying
My name is David. I was in an accident in the oilfields in Bakersfield California in 1983. I landed on my head and was in a coma for a couple of weeks. I was diagnosed with a blood clot on my brain and was not given much of a chance to live. The doctors began talking to my parents about organ donations. I pulled through. Somehow, six months later while at a rehab center, I had the pleasure of meeting the Dr. that performed my surgery. Amazing, I knew him. I don’t know how because I didn’t meet this guy while I was awake but I knew him like a brother. I remember his face. I even remember the surgery tool that this guy used. Only common sense tells me that even though I was in a coma, I was awake. – DB, California
I am a Christian woman and a registered nurse living in Massachusetts. I want to get the word out that her life matters. I would be willing to volunteer a week a year to be her private duty nurse. I bet there are 51 other nurses across the nation willing to do the same. I bet there are physical therapists willing also. – DG, Massachusetts
I was in an auto accident 20 years ago. I broke my neck and then had a stroke. Many hours of prayer and therapy and through my own determination not to give up, I live on my own. I just wanted to write after seeing Terri’s story and let you know I believe you’re right she wants to live. Please do not stop praying or fighting to get Terri in therapy. – SV, Colorado
After learning about ACLU’s position on the Terri Schiavo case I am inclined to terminate my association with your organization. I believe that their investigation of the issues in this case was superficial. Grave injustice was done to this woman and the ACLU, quite frankly, missed the point. – JP
I worked for ten years as a nurse in an intensive care setting and have seen patients that were in a PVS. I never saw a patient described as PVS that appeared alert and aware as Terri does. I also do not believe that tube feedings are considered an artificial means of preserving life. Tube feedings do not meet the criteria of life support in my estimation – absent the diagnosis of a terminal illness or brain death. If you or I were placed in a situation where we had no access to nourishment due to the wishes of others, our death would be considered murder. Is Terri’s life not as important as ours because her body is no longer perfect? – MM
It’s not a test of whether we will kill cognitively disabled people by refusing them food and water. That’s a test we’ve already failed, because it happens routinely throughout the country. Rather, Terri’s case is a test of whether we will wake up and realize that letting patients decide they want to be killed means that some patients will be killed against their will. – Fr. Frank Pavone