Dr. William Hammesfahr, a
world-reknowned neurologist wrote a
complete report regarding Terri Schindler Schiavo dated September 12, 2002.
The report reveals that medical tests conducted after Terri's collapse
did not show evidence of a heart attack:
In the Emergency Room, a
possible diagnosis of heart attack was briefly entertained, but then dismissed
after blood chemistries and serial EKG's did not show evidence of a heart
(Quote source: Complete
Report of Dr. William Hammesfahr)
Two months after this report was written,
Schindler family attorney Pat Anderson still did not refute the widespread myths that Terri had a heart
attack and/or suffered
cardiac arrest. Pat Anderson said:
"I've never been
satisfied with any explanation of her collapse," Anderson told WND.
"It has all been loosey-goosey. The theory was that she was bulimic
(because her potassium level was low) and that caused cardiac arrhythmia,
which led to the cardiac arrest" she continued.
source: Nov. 14, 2002 Emergency
Motion in right-to-die Case
This would have been an
opportune time for Pat Anderson to cite Dr. Hammesfahr's September 12, 2002 report and dispel the
"loosey-goosy" theories promoted by the right-to-kill-Terri proponents, but she
did not. Instead, she repeated Michael Schiavo's "theories," which are
really serving as his alibis. [I am searching
for media articles where Pat is quoted refuting the heart attack and
cardiac arrest lies. If
I find them, I will post them here.]
Pamela Hennessy, the
official media representative and spokeswoman for the Schindler family, is not
only not refuting the cardiac arrest myth, she is promoting it:
Terri Schiavo was 26
years of age when she collapsed in the home she shared with her husband,
Michael Schiavo. The precise cause of her collapse is still not known though
she did suffer a cardiac arrest. (Oct. 4, 2003 The
Means to an End)
is also promoting the heart attack lie via Glenn Beck. Read more about
this in the subheading below called "Terrisfight.org's
Media Darling Promotes the Stopped Heart Myth!"
Arrest/Heart Attack Ruled Out
October 26, 2003 edition of World Net Daily revealed that Dr. Michael Baden
debunked the official version of early events in Terri's case. Terri did not
have a heart attack:
on the Fox News Channel, Dr. Michael Baden, co-director of the Investigative
Unit of New York State Police in Albany and former chief medical examiner for
New York City, ruled out potassium imbalance and a
heart attack as factors in Terri's mysterious collapse 13 years ago – which
left her severely incapacitated and unable to speak – and pointed to head
trauma and bone injuries as a more likely cause.
Raised About Terri's Collapse)
Dr. William Hammesfahr
stated in a January 7, 2004 Highway2Health interview with Ron Panzer that
Terri did not have a cardiac arrest or heart attack:
Dr. Hammesfahr revealed that not only has
Terri never had a heart attack as widely reported in the major media, she also
never even had a cardiac arrest (her heart never stopped)! [She had arrhythmias of the heart, but not a "stopped heart."] He explained that
Terri's injuries were multiple and showed injury TO her.
He stated that Terri
had marked injury to her neck which still exists today, and that he has only
seen a similar injury, with spinal cord involvement as well as brain injury, in
one case where a patient had been strangled. He stated that Terri had an L-1
injury to her spine, which he stated is common among persons being thrown
against a table, for example. Excerpt from the Hospice
Patients Alliance Newsletter January 8, 2004 by Ron Panzer [bold
(Quote source: Ron
Panzer's Notes: Interview With Dr. Hammesfahr)
Pamela Hennessy has had time to correct the
"cardiac arrest" misinformation promoted in her article, but she has not done this.
When information is incorrect due to a mistake,
it is called misinformation. When one deliberately dispenses incorrect
information, she has moved over into the arena of disinformation:
Disinformation is an act of
misinforming, or deceptively communicating false knowledge or faulty
intelligence. A common disinformation tactic is to mix truth, half-truths, and
lies. (Quote source: Disinformation)
Pamela's sentence, "The
precise cause of her collapse is still not known though she did suffer a cardiac
arrest" is followed by a statement which suggests the non-existent cardiac
arrest caused oxygen deprivation with a resulting brain injury:
Due to the lack of oxygen to her
brain for several minutes, Terri suffered profound brain damage and has been
physically and cognitively disabled ever since.
(Oct. 4, 2003 The
Means to an End)
[The article, "The Means
to an End" was removed from terrisfight.org. You may read it in the internet
The cardiac arrest/heart attack lies
are Michael Schiavo's best friends because this disinformation shifts the focus from Terri's
extraordinarily rigid neck (consistent with strangulation and asphyxiation)
to Terri's non-existent heart problems. Medical records reveal that she did not have a
cardiac arrest, but that she did have arrhythmias of the heart. She also had an
"extraordinarily rigid neck," a head injury, and several
bone fractures which revealed a "history of trauma."
can cause lack of oxygen to the brain and is associated
with an extraordinarily rigid neck and neck injury (both confirmed in Terri's
medical records) but was overlooked on
terrisfight.org in favor of the cardiac arrest disinformation. Strangulation and
arrhythmias of the heart can also cause the brain to be deprived of oxygen.
Arrhythmias of the Heart and Defibrillations
Terri had "arrhythmias of the
heart" when she was found by the paramedics in a face down position. According
to Dr. Hammesfahr's complete report, "aggressive resuscitation was
performed with 7 defibrillations en route."
Arrhythmias of the heart causes
abnormal heart rhythms:
Arrhythmias (or dysrhythmias)
are problems that affect the electrical system of the heart muscle, producing
abnormal heart rhythms. They can cause the heart to pump less effectively.
Defibrillations were performed to
restore Terri's normal heart rhythms:
is a process in which an electronic device gives an electric shock to the
heart. This helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart having
dangerous arrhythmia or in cardiac arrest.
are many causes for arrhythmias of the heart. Considering that Terri was healthy
at the time she either collapsed or was struck down, it is positively scandalous
that an investigation was not conducted to determine what caused her to go from
a state of health to a state of serious
Media Darling Promotes the Stopped Heart Myth!
Glenn Beck promoted the "stopped heart"
(cardiac arrest) myth in an October 2002 broadcast. The link
to this interview is prominently displayed on the main page of
terrisfight.org even after Dr. William Hammesfahr refuted this disinformation
in his interview with Ron Panzer!
Pamela Hennessy also posts the link
to Glen Beck's October 10, 2002 program (which "happens" to have a slant which aids the
other side) on the Free Republic forum and perhaps elsewhere too.
This program promotes Michael
Schiavo's propaganda that Terri had bulimia which resulted in a near fatal
heart attack (Glenn really described cardiac arrest):
Glen Beck: She was engaged in
bulimia so, so HORRIBLY, that she drops dead of a heart attack. They
resuscitate her, but she's never the same.
Glenn Beck continues to
further the cardiac arrest propaganda by linking, with no disclaimer, to mainstream news media that
promotes this disinformation as well. For example, in the Glennbeck.com November
5, 2003 archives, there is a link to a foxnews.com article that repeats this
Terri Schiavo suffered severe
brain damage in 1990 when her heart temporarily stopped because of a chemical
imbalance. Doctors have said she has no hope for recovery from a vegetative
Schiavo's Parents Excluded From Legal Battle)
It is inexcusable that Pamela is linking to Glenn Beck's heart-attack/arrest-propaganda
broadcast because she knows that Terri's collapse was not
caused by a heart attack:
“It was found that a
heart attack did not cause Terri’s collapse as everyone was led to believe.
Rather, according to one physician, Terri may have been a strangulation
victim,” says Hennessy.
(Quote source: Life
Schiavo's Life Spared for 30 More Days June 27, 2003)
media kit, found at terrisfight.org, debunks the myth that Terri had a heart
condition was caused by a heart attack.
was NEVER diagnosed as a heart attack victim when she was admitted to the
Northside Humana emergency room in February 1990. To this day, her family does
not know the true cause of her collapse. Doctors immediately excluded heart
attack as her blood enzymes were not elevated—typical in all heart attack
victims. Terri’s toxicology screen also
eliminated any suspicion of drugs.
It is disturbing that Pamela
Hennessy promotes Glenn Beck because he is spouting damage
control for Michael Schiavo: the bulimia and
heart attack lies. (See: Glenn
Beck Broadcast: Humiliates Terri, Helps Michael's Agenda)
Furthermore, at this writing, terrisfight.org does
not cite or link to Ron Panzer's important interview with Dr. William Hammesfahr,
or cite Dr. Michael Baden's remarks that refute the heart attack and potassium
imbalance myths. This censorship is inconsistent with the alleged mission of
the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation.
Media Loves the Cardiac
Arrest, Heart Attack Myths
The "Terri Schiavo had a heart attack
lie" is a fabrication that has been spread far and wide by the mainstream
liberal and alternative media. This myth, which aids Michael Schiavo, leads the
public to believe that Terri Schiavo collapsed due to natural causes even though
evidence points strongly toward foul play. A
Free Republic poster reported that the television program, On the
Record, promoted the heart attack lie as recently as January 21, 2004:
To: floriduh voter
I watched the interview last night [On the
Record with Greta--FoxNews Channle Jan. 21, 2004] and they are starting to
let the truth be known, however did anyone notice the writing on the bottom
of the screen during the interview that said "Terri collapsed after a
heart attack". We got to get "them" to stop referring to the
collapse as a heart attack. Maybe even if they inserted the word
"alleged heart attack" that may be a bit more tolerable
38 posted on 01/22/2004 5:25:28 AM PST
The Schindlers are busy trying to help Terri and probably do not have time to
monitor the contents of terrisfight.org. These critiques of content on
terrisfight.org are not critical of the Schindlers, but rather, of the
individuals who are using this site to promote disinformation that
"happens" to benefit Michael Schiavo's agenda, or to suppress
information that is damaging to his agenda to kill Terri. To do this once is too many
times. They do this far more than once.
example, the link to the Larry
King Live interview on the new multimedia
page is an hour's worth of bold-faced lies about Terri and
the Schindlers! Why are they promoting this damage-control-for-Michael-Schiavo
television interview on a website dedicated to saving Terri's life?
didn't terrisfight.org link to the interview
that refutes the lies Michael and his lawyer said on the Larry King Live
show--which aired the same night and the same hour on a
A Hidden Agenda and
in Her Eye: Death in Disguise
and Terri Schindler Schiavo: The Death Connection
Also see: For
the Life of Terri Schiavo