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On April 20, 2004, Attorney Deborah Bushnell (who represents Michael Schiavo) faxed a letter to Attorney Barbara Weller (who represents Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri's parents).
In that letter, Ms. Bushnell stated that Terri has had five teeth extracted.
Ms. Bushnell offered no reasonable explanation of why this was done, if Terri was appropriately anesthetized, what follow-up care is being prescribed nor if any restorative dental work was to be provided to her.
For years, in court, Terri's family has argued that Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo had not provided her proper dental care - among other things. Now, Terri has had five teeth removed.
As of this writing, it is unknown what, if anything, is being done to address this problem. Terri's parents are unable to get clear information regarding their daughter's condition.
It is important to note that many citizens of Florida had contacted the Department of Children and Families in March, 2004. In formal complaints, citizens informed the department that Terri had two teeth missing and a decubitus ulcer (bedsore). On April 1, 2004 the department investigated the allegations of abuse and, in formal responses dated April 6, 2004, they state that claims of neglect were "unsubstantiated".
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