Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Michael Schiavo's 'Expert' Beat Terri

Q: What's the best way to find out if a woman's in a persistent vegetative state?

A) Give her an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan.
B) Give her a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan.
C) Whack her right between the eyes so she moans in pain.

If you guessed C, congratulations! You are qualified to be an expert witness against Terri Schiavo, according to Fr. Robert Johansen's searing exposé in today's National Review Online. Who needs costly and accurate medical tests when you can get the information you want with one well-placed whack?

Remember, Terri has already had significant damage to her head. Yet that's where Dr. Ronald Cranford, an expert hired by her husband Michael—who wants to have her killed—chose to hit her, writes Johansen:

In Cranford’s examination, described by one witness as “brutal,” he discounted evidence under his own eyes of Terri’s responsiveness. At one point, Dr. Cranford struck Terri very hard on the forehead between her eyes. Terri recoiled and moaned, seemingly in pain. In his court testimony, Cranford dismissed the reaction and moan as a “reflex.”
Legislation is currently pending in Congress that could save the lives of Terri and others in a similar situation. Read the action tips and contact your legislator today, to prevent the court-ordered starvation of Terri that is ordered to begin Friday.

I reserve the right to delete any "does she really deserve to live/does she really want to live" comments. Call me overly sensitive. Time is too short, and the facts of the case are clear.