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Fighting for Dear Life: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo and What It Means for All of Us Hardcover – August 1, 2006
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- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 076420243X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0764202438
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Bethany House (August 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,843,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I really wanted to hear this side of the story - but this book made me feel as if my soul had been rubbed in crap.
It is hard hitting, a race against time, bashing against hard hearts and obvious agendas.
It is all about a miscarriage of justice...justice that was requested and denied over and over again.
The book is not full of legal jargon as one might expect from a lawyer, even though it detailed much of the period from the first trial through to Terri's death and made compelling reading. I found myself aghast at the absolute stubbornness of the Judge and the system which ordered her death. Stunned by the absolute rights given to Michael, without compassion for her parents and siblings.
I commend the team who went to such lengths for Terri. I remember praying for her at the time, even though in Australia it was not so in the press as it was in America.
It is now 2014 and "end of life plans" have been introduced. They are insidious and designed to hasten death in a subtle way, by ceasing appropriate medication, fluids and food. If a patient cannot eat, then they do not eat. No tubes for the elderly any more. No drips, no hydration if the swallowing mechanisms fade due to Parkinson's or whatever strikes them down.
We are left to watch our parents denied the basic necessities of life. It hurts - and fighting for their rights in a system that promotes death is all too similar to what Terri's family went through trying to persuade hardened hearts to allow dignity and love to prevail. Dehydration is a killer in nursing homes today, just as it was for Terri.
They have won...but God is a God of justice, love and compassion. One day he will wipe the tears from our eyes. My dad is not thirsty anymore...neither is Terri. They walk with God.
But having read this story, I am reminded that there will be people who, like the rich man (in the bible story) will beg Abraham to let Terri wet their tongue with a little water for they will thirst for eternity. We should be sadder for them I suppose.