The following update on Terri Schiavo's condition was dated Thursday, October 16th, at 10:45 p.m. We wondered where Jeb Bush was yesterday, since we had read that he wasn't in the Capitol. In a message from www.propertyrightsresearch.org/ we found out. Here's a short excerpt of the e-mail:
Everglades restoration plan gets official start
(Note: While Terri Schiavo spent yesterday with no food and no water, Florida Governor Bush was 'officially' beginning The Wildlands Project in Florida.) By whatever 'politically correct' name it is called at the moment, this is part of TWP -- which has been ongoing unofficially, for years, and only in the last week has 'gone public.'
Today is Friday, October 17th. Jeb Bush had requested 'legal advice' from several (have no idea how many) law firms and groups. There are six letters of response at Terri's website (www.terrisfight.org) under "Breaking News" that all basically say the same thing:
Florida law was broken by Judge Greer's order; not only does the governor have the authority, he has a MANDATE as governor to see that Florida law is "faithfully executed"; the governor MUST intercede immediately, move Terri to safety, give her sustenance, allow her the rehabilitation to which she has a right under Florida law, and begin a criminal investigation on Michael Schiavo.
The letters were dated and delivered to the governor on October 15th. To date we've heard NOTHING that would indicate Jeb Bush is taking action, and time is running out for Terri Schiavo.
Terri has been without nutrition or liquid for 54 hours as this is being written. Before you read the update on her condition as of Thursday night, here's some information Sarah sent over on the hideous progress of a person who is without water (we can live without food for quite a while -- NOT WITHOUT WATER! Here's Sarah's message, taken from an article by Jane Chastain:
Death by dehydration is a painful, agonizing and arduous process that takes 10 to 14 days.
In addition to feeling the pangs of hunger and thirst, the skin, lips and tongue crack. The nose bleeds because of the drying of the mucus membranes. Heaving and vomiting may ensue because of the drying out of the stomach lining. The victim may experience seizures.
As the fluid level in the body goes down, the blood pressure goes down and the heart rate goes up. Respiration often increases as blood is shunted from the periphery to the central part of the body in a desperate attempt to sustain the primary organs. The hands and feet become extremely cold.
Compared to starvation and dehydration, death by hanging, firing squad, even the electric chair seems humane.
That is called "murder by torture". In a short interview with the coordinator of the vigil for Terri, we were told that the lady was asked how long it would take before Terri died. The woman said it is variable, and that in Terri's weakened condition, it would probably not be long. She has just recuperated from pneumonia. Her father had stated that the time before when they pulled the feeding tube (the order was later reversed) she was without the tube for sixty hours, and recovered. Those 60 hours will have expired by 2:00 am. tomorrow morning (Saturday)
Here is an excerpt of the update we received at 10:45 p.m. Thursday, October 16th. In deep sorrow and heartache for Terri and for all people in this world. . . -- Jackie -- October
Mary Ann Kreitzer
In the Diocese of Arlington, VA
"The first law of history is not to dare to utter falsehood; the second, not to fear to speak the truth." Pope Leo XIII
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jackie Doucette"
Welcome to the United States of America in 2003 the home of the free. . . unless you happen to be helpless and married to a man who wants you dead. That this is happening with the full knowledge of the media, the courts, the Church, and the government makes us all complicit. . . .
I just returned from the 4th night of the vigil. Terri's family was there and many supporters.
Terri is running a fever.
Her father was telling us that Terri's face is very red and hot.
He said that a "death squad" nurse was sitting on a chair reading a book while Terri was suffering.
Her father cried as he was telling us the situation.
He told the nurse that Terri had a high fever and to help her - the nurse said nothing and continued reading her book. He wondered how anyone could be so heartless.
Around midnight, a K-9 patrol car showed up. The dogs were barking loudly in the car. I took photos of the K-9 cruiser- I just couldn't believe that this was happening.
Terri's father said that attorney George Felos is paying for the police to guard the hospice. Each night there are about 20 police men and woman guarding hospice, plus a K-9 unit. All compliments of Mr. Felos. The funds to pay for the police come directly from the trust fund that was established for Terri's rehab and care. . . [End Excerpt].