June 16, 2005


Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman who sparked a national debate as her parents and husband fought over keeping her alive, was destined to remain in a vegetative state and wouldn't have benefited from therapy, an autopsy found.

Schiavo, who was 41 when doctors removed feeding tubes that kept her alive, had a severely atrophied brain that weighed about half of what a normal brain does, Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin said during a press conference in Largo, Florida. She was completely blind, he said.

``No amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons,'' Thogmartin said during the televised conference. ``Her vision centers of her brain were dead.''

Which seems to undercut the claim that she recognized visitors.

UPDATE: Neal Boortz offers a brisk I-told-you-so that should be must reading, at least for those of you who sent me hatemail or made nasty phone calls. Shame on you for being such . . . tools.