March 21st, 2005

flock

"When is that b**** gonna die?"

Read this from Patterico's Pontifications for a side of the Schiavo case you're unlikely to see on TV. From what are claimed to be affadavits from a nurse and two nurses' aides:

"I made numerous entries into the nursing notes in her chart, stating verbatim what she said and her various behaviors, but by my next on-duty shift, the notes would be deleted from her chart. Every time I made a positive entry about any responsiveness of Terri’s, someone would remove it after my shift ended. Michael always demanded to see her chart as soon as he arrived, and would take it in her room with him. I documented Terri’s rehab potential well, writing whole pages about Terri’s responsiveness, but they would always be deleted by the next time I saw her chart."

"Throughout my time at Palm Gardens [one of Ms. Schiavo’s nursing homes], Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri’s death. Michael would say 'When is she going to die?,' 'Has she died yet?' and 'When is that bitch gonna die?' These statements were common knowledge at Palm Gardens, as he would make them casually in passing, without regard even for who he was talking to, as long as it was a staff member. Other statements which I recall him making include 'Can’t anything be done to accelerate her death - won’t she ever die?' When she wouldn’t die, Michael would be furious. Michael was also adamant that the family should not be given information. He made numerous statements such as 'Make sure the parents aren’t contacted.' I recorded Michael’s statements word for word in Terri’s chart, but these entries were also deleted after the end of my shift. Standing orders were that the family wasn’t to be contacted, in fact, there was a large sign in the front of her chart that said under no circumstances was her family to be called, call Michael immediately, but I would call them, anyway, because I thought they should know about their daughter.

"Any time Terri would be sick, like with a UTI or fluid buildup in her lungs, colds, or pneumonia, Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die. He would say something like, 'Hallelujah! You’ve made my day!' He would call me, as I was the nurse supervisor on the floor, and ask for every little detail about her temperature, blood pressure, etc., and would call back frequently asking if she was dead yet. He would blurt out 'I’m going to be rich!' and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat, and going to Europe, among other things."

So much for the loving husband just wanting to carry out what he claims are his wife's wishes.
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