Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Not with a bang....

Per NPR earlier this afternoon, Ms. Sciavo had the least amount of brain left that any medical expert interviewed had ever seen in an adult. Alzheimer's patients, it was reported, sometimes get down to 800 grams. Ms. Sciavo, at the time of her death, was below 700, almost to 600. She was blind. She could not feed herself In fact, trying to feed her by mouth would kill her directly, or lead to pneumonia.

No therapy, of course, could have restored neurons.

And in response, through lawyers, Mr. Sciavo points out that this proves he was right all along. The parents insist Ms. Sciavo could have recovered with therapy.

And there the matter ends, like all court cases end. Not with a Perry Mason flourish in which even the defeated admit defeat, and the guilty confess their guilt. No, no such neat bows in real life. The matter ends, not with a bang, but a whimper.

God's peace be upon Michael Sciavo, and upon the parents and siblings of Terri Sciavo.

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