LARGO, Fla.-- An autopsy on Terri Schiavo backed her husband's contention that she was in a persistent vegetative state, finding that she had massive and irreversible brain damage and was blind, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It also found no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused.
He said she would not have been able to eat or drink if she had been given food by mouth as her parents requested.
"Removal of her feeding tube would have resulted in her death whether she was fed or hydrated by mouth or not," Thogmartin told reporters.
He also said she was blind, because the "vision centers of her brain were dead."
"The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain," he said. "This damage was irreversible, and no amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons."
Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to rely on FOXNews for information. In a perfect world FOXNews would be chastened by being proven so completely wrong, and they would broadcast a profuse apology to Michael Schiavo for their false claims and slanderous treatment of him. But of course, this is not a perfect world.