The four paragraphs directly below this is taken from the Media Kit posted at Terri's website. Below that is a true transcript (also posted on www.terrisfight.org, in the download section titled "Bone Scan"). We've transcribed it here for easier reading, since the original was very faint with broken and blurred letters.
You will read a transcript of the doctor describing what he found on Terri's bone scan. We had help with definitions and will bracket those terms for further understanding of what you're reading.
Allegedly -- according to Michael Schiavo -- Terri's brain damage was due to a heart attack. Read this and then decide which you believe. -- Jackie -- October 16th, 2003
P.S. If you haven't made your calls for Terri, PLEASE DO.
Terri was NEVER diagnosed as a heart attack victim when she was admitted to the Northside Humana emergency room in February 1990. To this day, her family does not know the true cause of her collapse. Doctors immediately excluded heart attack as her blood enzymes were not elevated -- typical in all heart attack victims. Terri's toxicology screen also eliminated any suspicion of drugs.
At the time of Terri's admittance, blood tests revealed a depletion of electrolytes and her attending physician HYPOTHESIZED that low blood potassium MAY have caused her collapse. It was with this information that Michael Schiavo entered into a lawsuit against Terri's General Practitioner and Gynecologist, claiming negligence on their part.
In preparation for Terri's October 2002 trial, her ER records were reviewed and it was plainly noted in the "Admitting Summary" that Terri had a "rigid neck" when she was admitted to the hospital. These injuries were never disclosed to Terri's family, nor -- to their knowledge -- were they ever investigated. The doctor reviewing these records testified that the only other patient he treated with similar injuries was the victim of an attempted strangulation.
The prospect that foul play may have led to Terri's collapse and ensuing heart stoppage was enhanced when a bone scan was recently found. This scan, taken 53 weeks after Terri's collapse revealed that Terri had fractured ribs, damage to her pelvic area, LI vertebrae, spine, both knees and both ankles. It also revealed that Terri had suffered a broken femur and a broken back. Three doctors concluded that Terri had endured trauma of some sort. The radiologist responsible for the scan plainly stated: "This patient has a history of trauma".
[excerpt from the media kit]
Indication: Evaluate for trauma
Procedure and findings. Multiple gama camera images of the axial [trunk] and proximal appendicular [limbs] skeleton in the anterior [front] and posterior [back] projections were obtained following 2.1 millicuries of technetium 99m HDP.
There are an extensive number of focal abnormal areas of nuclide accumulation of intense type. These include multiple bilateral ribs, the costovertebral [where ribs and vertebra come together] aspects of several of the thoracic [upper] vertebral bodies, the L1 [lower] vertebral body, both sacroliac joints, the distal right femoral diaphysis, both knees and both ankles, the right greater than the left.
Correlative radiographs are obtained of the lumbar spine and of the right femur [leg bone] which reveal compression fracture; minor, superior and plate of L1, and shaggy, irregular periosteal ossification along the distal femoral diaphysis, and metaphysis primarily ventrally. [calcification showing where bones were broken and have healed].
The patient has a history of trauma. Most likely the femoral periosteal reaction reflects a response to a subperiosteal hemorrhage and the activity in L1 correlates perfectly with the compression fracture which is presumably traumatic.
The presumptions is that the other multiple areas of abnormal activity also relate to previous trauma. Additional possibilities would be neoplastic bone disease, widespread disseminated infectious bone disease or multiple bone infarcts from abnormal hemoglobin.
CONCLUSION: Multiple areas of abnormal scintigraphic [actinographic?] accumulation, some of which are radiograph for differential as discussed above.
W. Campbell Walker M.D./mjt
Lee Memorial Hospital
NOTE: The person who helped with the spelling and definitions said simply, what the doctor described would most likely be the results of someone who had been kicked, and kicked and kicked.
The ER report said her "neck was rigid". From the videos we've seen on Terri's website, it appears that the 'rigid neck' continues. As she was following the movement of a balloon, she tracked it to the right by turning her head; as it was moved to her left side you'll notice she tracks it only with her eyes. When the Priest would come in to pray with her -- even though she tried -- she wasn't able to bow her head "because of her stiff neck". Remember "the doctor reviewing these records testified that the only other patient he treated with similar injuries was the victim of an attempted strangulation."
If a person is strangulated it follows there would be a loss of oxygen to the brain -- causing brain damage -- as the blood supply was blocked. - Jackie