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Sunday, March 20, 2023
By Dr. Steven Taylor

In an attempt to better understand this situation I have done some more reading on the subject.

The University of Miami’s Ethics Program has a great deal of information including this Timeline which is of interest to anyone who wants a fuller view of the situation–indeed, while fairly simple, it is one of the more helpful bits of info I have seen.

Matthew Yglesias notes this post by Rivka (who has “a doctorate in clinical psychology” and has “completed a year-long practicum in clinical neuropsychology”) on some of the medical issues. Rivka, in turn, points to Alas (a Blog) which has posted a copy of Mrs. Schiavo’s CT (which, in turn, comes from the U of Miami site noted above). The CT shows what appears to be extreme brain damage (and the Miami site labels it as “showing extensive cortical regions filled with spinal fluid”). I am not a medicial doctor, but that can’t be good.

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