Thursday, March 31, 2005

 

The final hours

This quote from Cheryl Ford, R.N., about the last hours of Terri Schindler's life, makes me tremble. I am filled with such roiling emotions right now that I cannot think clearly. Sorrow, anger, bewilderment, disbelief, horror, fear...

Michael Schiavo denied Terri's mother, father, sister and brother the right to be with her. He would not permit them into hospice even though it was her parents who brought her into this world. George Felos was seen going into her room with a large black bag and Michael Schiavo denied access to Bobby at 1AM this morning. - Cheryl Ford, R.N.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life (linked in my sidebar) had this to say: "Unfortunately, just 10 or so minutes before she died we were told we had to leave the room because there would be an assessment of her condition and because her husband Michael wanted to be in the room....His heartless cruelty continued until the end."

Jeb has issued this statement, significantly without mention of Michael Schiavo, the last paragraph of which should become a rallying cry for all of us who cared about this woman we never met:

“After an extraordinarily difficult and tragic journey, Terri Schiavo is at rest. Columba and I offer our condolences to Mr. and Mrs. Schindler, Bobby Schindler, Suzanne Vitadamo and to all those who offered their prayers and support to Terri’s family over these past weeks, months and years. These prayers were not in vain.

“Many across our state and around the world are deeply grieved by the way Terri died. I feel that grief very sharply as well. I remain convinced, however, that Terri’s death is a window through which we can see the many issues left unresolved in our families and in our society. For that, we can be thankful for all that the life of Terri Schiavo has taught us.

“I still firmly believe that human life is a gift and a mystery, and that its mystery is most evident at its beginning and ending. May all of us whose hearts were moved during the life of Terri Schiavo grow in wisdom at its ending.”

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