Terri Schiavo Documentary: The Case's Enduring Legacy | Retro Report | The New York Times

Terri Schiavo Documentary: The Case's Enduring Legacy | Retro Report | The New York Times

The controversy over Terri Schiavo’s case elevated a family matter into a political battle that continues to frame end-of-life issues today.

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  1. How much are we all paying for this sort of nonsense, make it quick and fair, as in my will…….remember none of us are that important. Imagine the dollars that are redirected to this sort of craziness from those that have a legitimate chance…..

  2. We followed this back when it was happening. A lot of comments on here said that they would rather die than live in that state. My wife, not just a nurse, but someone who works with people in nursing homes. Euthanasia ,might not have been so bad but the way they did it. Letting her die of thirst was, according to her, one of the hardest ways to die slowly that there is.

  3. This is murder my brother was in a car accident and we were told 5 times in a meeting in the hospital that he will never come out of a coma after 7 weeks he woke up yes it took therapy and 3 years after he is back to himself

  4. I don’t think her family was selfish or unrealistic. This was the complicated reality they were given, and they didn’t want their daughter to be starved to death and suffer for the long 13 days it took for her to die. This wasn’t a "pull the plug" life support situation, so there was no way her husband could say what she would have wanted in this scenario. It seemed he was ready to move on, whether for financial gain or new life of his own. Why else wouldn’t he allow things like a simple urinary tract infection to not be treated? Seems he was cruel and selfish, and didn’t have her best interest at hand once he found out she would never recover. She didn’t seem to be in pain? Why not allow her Family to care for her? He alone made that choice for her, and he will be the one to answer for that one day. God Bless her Family.

  5. we'll never know whether or not it's torture, being asked to imagine playing tennis when you're in a vegetative state in a catscan yikes. it's also weird that the people most believing in heaven were the ones wanting her to stare into space for so long

  6. The husband is a murderer and those of you who support the husband are sick freaks, nobody has the right to decide who lives and dies. The cops have always said the husband tried to murder her because she was leaving him, that's what caused the brain injury in the first place.

  7. If God decides who lives or dies, the removal of man’s scientific knowledge will be God’s decision. There’s a bigger ethical issue, the method used to end her life. Allowing her to starve may have repercussions, we don’t know the extent of her brain function. It’s not worth the risk if she still feels pain, euthanasia will be a more compassionate death.

  8. She was kept alive the same way the hospital keeps brain dead patient alive for organ donations. Theres so many medical experts I’m surprised people with a PHD even argued she was even counsious

  9. In all seriousness, what happens to a person after a health collapse or death is solely depended on who is considered closest family with authority. I have seen so many families refusing to honor any wishes of the dead person cause it did not sit right with them. I know of people refusing to allow to donor organs of their loved one who wanted that (it was before law was better regulated on this). I attended funerals of atheists where families put on a full religious ceremony for their own sake. I witnessed full on denial parade of suicide victim's families battling the will where the suicide was acknowledged. I feel really bad for those people, so stuck in their own grief they go for the last ironclad grasp of control over life and death.

  10. If the victim herself said she did not want to live that way, its disrespectful to ignore what she wanted to make yourself happy. Im sure it was hard for him but he simply respected her wishes which seemed like nobody else was taking into consideration. All they did was prolong her suffering.

  11. God is the only one who can give & take life, no one should play God, no one has that right

    Thought the husband was a total jerk, he had to get the last word, by writing on the gravestone, "I kept my promise." He had to take that last dig at the family, a perpetual reminder every time they visit her resting place.

    It was hearsay on both sides to what Terri's last wishes were, therefore the law should play it safe & keep the patient alive.

    I believe confidently in the future of medicine & medical science, they are able to do so much today for people, so who knows what lies ahead for people in Terri's condition

    God forbid I ever am in the same position Terri was in medically, but if it were to happen tomorrow, I'd feel better knowing it happened in the year 2020(almost) & on the cusp of revolutionary medicine that's being discovered /invented every day. I've never been a big fan of all the advancing technology, with some things I think we already went over the line & have set ourselves up for more than good in a few respects, however, it never ceases to amaze about how far of leaps we've taken with modern medicine. We've come so far in such a short time

    Love how the video tries to make the prolifers look like loons, but then again, what can you expect from the bias NYT these days.

  12. Also, one other thing, I've heard over & over again that science only can understand/explain about 10% of what happens in the human brain, so even with all of our current technology, we don't know hardly anything about how/why/what the brain can do, so if we know that little about the human brain, how do some people feel comfortable enough to end someone's life like this.

    My dad had really bad dementia (I know, not the same thing) He was examined with MRI scans & it showed his brain looked like a sponge from the deterioration of the disease. At the end of his life, he practically slept 24/7 & was virtually mute. The last time I saw him, I had tried for a half hour to get some vocal response from him, to no avail. And just as I was on the verge of tears, he suddenly responded appropriately to a couple things I said (still had his eyes closed & hadn't moved, & then a few seconds later he was back into the unconscious realm. But for those few seconds, in the very last weeks of his life, he was still in there somewhere despite how ravaged his mind was at that point. My point is we just don't know.

  13. PROTECT YOURSELF! This is STILL a major issue, please don't take it for granted. I recently had to fill out a "power of attorney" form because even in 2020, in the state where I live, spouses are NOT recognized as the final say in such matters. Currently, you need to name up to 3 people to contact to support your final wishes in some US states. Without that, your parents may still have a say, not just your spouse. My worst nightmare is that my spouse will be confronted by my parents' Prosperity Gospel church. They have money and could ruin my spouse for decades, just like Terri's parents did to her husband. Without my POWER OF ATTORNEY, my parents could screw my better half for years (even decades) in financial debt over legally defending my right to die. Without POWER OF ATTORNEY in these states, your rights are null and void. GIVE YOUR TRUSTED LOVED ONES POWER OF ATTORNEY even if you don't think you need it. "Please don't Terri Schiavo me" is in my final request. My parents have no idea the firewall I've put up to defend my spouse in case anything like this ever happens to me. I now have peace of mind to give my 100% to fighting my diagnosis simply because I'm not worried anymore about this entire fiasco ever unfolding. Terri's husband is a JUSTICE WARRIOR. I simply want to be that for my spouse if ever the need arises.

  14. Removing her tube and forcing her to starve and dehydrate to death is not humane. If they were going to remove support, they should have given her drugs to let her die faster and peacefully

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