Brother testifies in favor of “Terri Schiavo Day”

by Matt Lacy –

Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo testified on Tuesday in support of a New Hampshire bill proclaiming March 31 of each year as a day to remember Terri Schiavo.

Schiavo, who spent 15 years on a feeding tube, became a focal point over the right to die issue and highlighted the need for individuals to have a living will specifying their wishes..

On February 25, 1990 Schiavo collapsed while at home. After being admitted to the hospital, doctors were unable to determine an exact cause of the collapse, but records indicated she had suffered hypoxic encephalopathy, a brain injury caused by oxygen starvation to the brain. After a few weeks on a ventilator, Schiavo would begin to breathe on her own.

The following year rehabilitation center recorded in their notes in 1991 that Terri was speaking during the physical therapy sessions using words such as “no”, “stop” and “Mommy.”

Eventually a battle would develop between her husband Michael and Terri’s parents. The parents wanted her to receive therapy and Michael who wanted to withdraw her life support which would involve starving her to death.

After working its way through the courts, Terri’s feeding tube was eventually removed. At the time, advocates for the right to die said that there was no pain involved in a death by starvation and dehydration. After 14 days without food and water, Terri Schiavo died on March 31, 2005.

The New Hampshire bill states that “the governor shall annually issue an annual proclamation calling for March 31 as a day to remember the tragic death of Terri Schiavo.”

Bobby Schindler praised State Representatives Jerry Bergervin and Daniel Itse for their sponsorship of the bill.

“My family is truly grateful to see a bill like this to remember my sister, Terri. I continue to be profoundly touched by the people who are deeply impacted by Terri’s death. As a nation known for protecting its weakest citizens, we must never forget the inhumane manner in which my sister was deliberately killed and at the same time, recognize there are hundreds of thousands of others like Terri that need our compassion, love and protection.”

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