050330: More on the Terri Schiavo case.

  • In 1992, after Terri's collapse, Michael Schiavo sued for medical malpractice. Under civil law, the longer Terri was expected to live, the larger the verdict would probably be. This fact of legal life could explain why Michael presented evidence to the malpractice jury not only that Terri would likely live a normal life span but also that he intended to be a good and loyal husband and care for her for the rest of his life.
  • Michael Schiavo, in 1993, swore in testimony that he would use any malpractice funds to take care of his wife. At the same time he was planning to move in with another woman. After winning 1.2 million dollars, he conveniently decided that Terri was not treatable, and really "would not want to live this way". And after which, declined to spend money on her care and treatment. She receives public assistance to pay for her hospice care.
  • Terri's part of the settlement money has been used to pay for attorneys to make her dead, instead of therapists to make her better. According to court records, George Felos has been paid over $350,000 from Terri's trust fund. Another of Schiavo's attorneys, Debra Bushnell, has received about $90,000. These two lawyers alone have received more than half of Terri's entire trust.
  • Judge Greer accepted as the basis of his rulings, the testimony of Michael Schiavo that Terri would wish to be die, yet Michael never stated this until he had received the 1.2 million dollar settlement.
  • Judge Greer is on the Board of Directors for Ms. Schiavo's Hospice
  • So is George Felos, Michael Schiavo's Attorney.
  • Attorney Felos happens to be Director of Florida Right to Die and has testified that he can ascertain a person's desire to die by "looking into their eyes and letting their spirit speak directly to him".
  • The Hospice has been collecting Medicaid/Medicare for her care even though she was never diagnosed as a "terminal" patient. Being diagnosed as "terminal" is a stipulation in order to collect public monies for a hospice patient.
  • Michael Schiavo has prevented Terri from undergoing a barium swallow test, a procedure necessary to ascertain the consistency of foods able to be taken by mouth.
  • According to court records, when Schiavo began his quest to pull Terri's feeding tube in 1998, she had more than $700,000 in the bank. This was primarily because Schiavo generally refused to authorize payments for any nursing home services on Terri's behalf beyond the basics of room and board. Thus, only about $50,000 was paid on her behalf in the five years following the jury verdict. Since 1998, about $650,000 (not taking into account any earnings from the fund) has gone out–not for therapy, but primarily for lawyers.
  • Michael Schiavo told Larry King that his falling out with his father-in-law occurred in February 1993, when Schindler demanded a share of the proceeds in Terri's trust fund. But Schindler and his wife Mary tell a different story. They claim that the argument was over their insistence that the long-suspended rehabilitation recommence, since there was finally money available to pay for it. They contend that the breach of relationship occurred because Schiavo refused. The behavior of both parties since seems much more consistent with this story than with Schiavo's version of events.
  • For five years, Michael Schiavo hasn't been paying for her care at all, the taxpayers have.
  • The Hospice is under suit for billing medicare for non-terminal patients.
  • A previous Guardian Ad Litem in the case, Richard L. Pearse, was fired by Judge George Greer at the behest of Attorney George Felos because Pearse had reported that there were conflicts of interests involved in the case on the side of Michael Schiavo's hearsay evidence that Terri would not want to live artificially, etc.
  • 40% of PVS diagnoses are wrong.
  • The last time Terri had a CT scan was in 1996. NO CT scans were done after 1996.
  • PET and MRI are indicated if you want to be 1000% sure before you kill somebody.

This is a letter written by Kathleen to the St. Petersburg Times

Dear Mr. Levesque,

I am sure that you wrote your article on Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo in what you believed was the truth. However, I can stay quiet no longer.

It is a proven fact that Mr. Schiavo had at least one affair and fathered an illegitimate child while still married to Terri before she was injured. He is paying child support.

Since her injuries, it is also a proven fact that he has been with numerous women one with whom he now has one child with another on the way.

No one has investigated nor seems to even care that the night that this happened to Terri they had had a huge fight. She had confided to family members and friends that he had become abusive and controlling. She was advised not to go home that night but to spend the night with a girlfriend but she went home. Hours later he called Bob Schindler saying Terri was on the floor hurt. He did not call 911 first.

There are medical records that sustain the fact that Terri suffered multiple broken bones that night and came to the hospital with a rigid neck. I have all that info if you are interested and would be happy to send to you.

To say that Mr. Schiavo loves Terri is nonsense. He lost the ability to say "my wife" with any credence a very long time ago.

I wish that just one person would print the truth about this guy. I truly believe that the only reason he wants her dead so much is because he never wants her to come out of this and point the finger at him for battering her almost to death. He wants to finish what he started that night.

You probably won't investigate any of this. No one seems to care what happened to Terri but at least I know I have tried.

Sincerely, Kathleen Walker
St. Petersburg, Fl.

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