Teri Schiavo Autopsy Results
Her story caught the nation's attention and held it for months. Medical Examiners have now released Teri Schiavo's autopsy results.
41-year old Teri Schiavo was at the center of a right to die dispute. She was in persistent vegetative state for 15 years, until her feeding tube was disconnected by a court order this past March. She died 13 days later.
Autopsy results on Schiavo show she suffered massive brain death. They confirm she was in a persistent vegetative state, and her brain had shrunk to half it's normal size at the time of her death. Examiners say she never would have recovered from the brain injury she suffered in 1990. Dr. Jon Thogmartin, says, "This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."
The autopsy showed Schiavo died of dehydration, not starvation. There were no signs of abuse prior to her death, or harmful drugs in her system. She was also blind when she died.
The unanswered question in all of this is what caused her to collapse, and suffer brain damage in the first place. Schiavo's family still disagrees with the decision to remove the feeding tube, but her husband maintains it's what Teri would have wanted.