Thursday, March 17, 2005
Blogs - Please repost this and help to see that it gets all around the blogosphere ASAP.
This is one of those "must reads" you hear about, and it just might be one of the most important reads about Terri Schiavo. From the personal testimony of Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo, we have further proof of Terri's actual condition and the "cover-up" by George Greer, Michael Schiavo, George Felos, the Woodside Hospice, former Pinellas County Sheriff and now State Representative Edgar Rice, and the Pinellas County court.
- From BlogsForTerri and ProLifeBlogs
Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo from April 1995
to July 1996 at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center was recently interviewed by David Allen. Although we?ve posted several articles in the past based on her affidavits [e.g., here], she revealed a few additional details in the interview that have not been widely reported.
?Just Michael [Terri's husband] trying to accelerate her death,? she said. Iyer explained that she would often sneak Terri?s parents, the Schindlers, into see her and that Michael refused to allow therapy of any kind. In fact, he was physically intimidating and would very loudly command the nurses ?this is my order and you're going to follow it.?
?We were very intimidated ? the whole place,? Iyer revealed, adding that some nurses had a restraining order against Michael Schiavo because his ?behavior was so bad.?
When Terri had a urinary or upper respiratory tract infection
Michael was visibly excited and would visit more often, asking ?is she dead yet?? According to Iyer, at one point Michael exclaimed, ?When is that b**** going to die??
After Michael?s visits, Iyer stated that Terri, at times, became
symptomatic for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Iyer said she found an unexplainable bottle of fast acting insulin concealed in Terri?s
wastebasket that she speculates could have been used to induce the
condition. She filed a police report but heard nothing further
regarding the incident. Subsequently she received death threats she
believes were related to notifying the authorities and was later
released from her position as a caregiver because of her actions in
support of Terri.
The nurses, including Iyer, interacted with Terri and daily
witnessed her respond, laugh, and make requests. ?We had her at the
front of the nurse?s station? everyone loved Terri,? Iyer said.
When asked about the accuracy of the videos available on the internet
Iyer said they were realistic but failed to capture Terri?s personality and, if anything, did not represent the extent of Terri?s ability to respond and communicate.
Iyer witnessed Terri consuming pudding and milkshakes every night
and has previously testified that she fed Terri Jello. She witnessed
Terri responding to her name, following others with her eyes and head
and even moving her body with purpose.
In her prior affadavit, Iyer documented Terri's vocabulary:
Terri?s medical condition was systematically distorted and misrepresented. When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as "mommy," and "elp me." "Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times. Terri would
try to say the word "pain" when she was in discomfort, but it came out more like "pay." She didn?t say the "n" sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying "pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper.
Certainly this is a story that
is not being carried by the mainstream press and has been supressed
from judicial decisions. Iyer's testimony brings to light several facts including:
2. Terri is not on life support but does receive food and water
through a removable tube, which experts testify would not even be
necessary if she were given therapy. This assisted feeding is a natural means of preserving life and not a medical act of life support or heroic measures.
3. Twelve medical experts and nurses who cared for her confirmed these facts. Video available through BlogsforTerri.com shows Terri responding and interacting with others. Health care workers have testified under oath [here and here] that she expresses herself using words, such as "mommy" and "help me".
4. Terri is a person with disabilities who thinks and expresses her moods and desires. She is loved by her family and responds to their visits with smiles and laughter.
5. Terri Schiavo may be the victim of ongoing negligence and injustice [more here]. She has been denied therapy and rehabilitation by her guardian since 1991. Florida?s guardianship laws REQUIRE that these necessary services be given to her.
6. Terri Schiavo deserves to have medical tests and therapy. She does not deserve to be starved and dehydrated to death.