Terri Schiavo's autopsy report
News report on Terri's autopsy
It states in this news report: "The autopsy showed that Schiavo's brain had shrunk to about half the normal size for a woman her age and that it bore signs of severe damage." The person reporting this news states that the autopsy backs her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state.
Okay. Her brain had shrunk to about half the normal size.
I have to tell you about my paternal grandfather.
My grandfather died when he was 63 years old. I was about 5. Years later, I was told by his wife (my grandmother) that when they did the autopsy they found that one half of his brain was completely shrunk up to a little shriveled ball.
Due to an accident of some sort he couldn't taste anything for many years before he died. He was brain damaged.
He walked, he talked, he thought, he ate, he breathed. He was brain damaged though, in fact ONE HALF of his brain was gone.
Does brain damage justify starving a person to death? I realize there are different kinds of brain damage. No matter what kind of brain damage - does it justify starving a person to death?
There was a high level of function for my grandfather no matter that ONE HALF of his brain was GONE.
The autopsy showed no clear cause for her initial collapse. There are more questions now than there were before for me. I feel bad about it. I wish her husband hadn't starved her to death.