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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Terri Schiavo Autopsy

As you are well aware, Terri Schiavo's autopsy was released yesterday.  The New York Times has an overview of its findings.  Here is a link to the autopsy report.  According to the medical examiner,

She died from dehydration, Thogmartin said. He said she did not appear to have suffered a heart attack and there was no evidence that she was given harmful drugs or other substances prior to her death.

He said that after her feeding tube was removed, she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth, as her parents' requested.

"Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not," Thogmartin told reporters.

He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead," and that her brain was about half of its expected size when she died 13 days following the feeding tube's removal.

MSNBC tells us that the battle over Terri  may not be over yet as the Schindlerr family are looking into unspecified legal action.  [bm]

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