Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Crucial Questions About Michael Schiavo

Bonnie Rogoff at American Daily says that there are major questions about Terri Schiavo's original injury and Michael Schiavo's suspicious role in it. Seeing as though it is Terri's husband who's fighting so hard to have her killed, these questions warrant some examination.

When Terri Schiavo was originally hospitalized in 1990, she had numerous serious bone injuries which were later discovered in a bone scan. These were attributed to her supposed collapse from heart failure. Writes Rogoff:
On October 24, 2003, renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden was interviewed by Greta van Susteren on Fox News. He disclosed that with low potassium and no elevated enzymes, it would be extremely rare for a young woman to collapse as Terri did from a heart attack. When asked what the bone injuries suggest to him, Dr. Baden replied, “Some kind of trauma. The trauma can be from a fall, or the trauma can be from some kind of beating that she obtained from somebody somewhere. It’s something that should have been investigated in 1991 when these findings were found.”

Other medical testimonies are in agreement. One medical expert testified that a diagnosis of a heart attack was never made. Another testified that Terri’s rigid neck indicates she may have been the victim of strangulation. Psychiatrist and expert witness Carole E. Lieberman, M.D., M.P.H. offered preliminary thoughts and provided a chilling profile of Michael Schiavo as an abusive husband.

Prior to Terri’s collapse, there were serious financial problems in her marriage and her husband Michael tried to control her behavior. He was fired from six jobs in two years, some of which he held only two weeks. They often lived on her income, which Michael often spent on himself. He monitored her odometer and isolated her from her family and friends. On the day of her collapse, Michael and Terri had a bad fight after he accused her of spending too much money at the hairdresser.

Dr. Lieberman concludes: “He (Michael) should most definitely be investigated as the perpetrator of the ‘incident’ that caused Terri’s collapse and her current condition.”
If you've been following this case, this is a must-read column. Rogoff lays out the details of Terri's original injuries and how they are inconsistent with Michael Schiavo's account of what happened.

Incidentally, Michael Schiavo has determined that once he is successful in having Terri killed, her remains are to be cremated immediately.

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