Fun Fact of the Day

Thursday, March 24, 2005
Terry Schiavo -- the brain-damaged woman who's currently starving to death because her adulterous "husband" has ordered her feeding-tube to be removed -- has never undergone a PET or MRI scan... because -- suprise! surprise! -- her "husband" has refused to allow it, despite the urgings of dozens of reputable neurosurgeons.

But then again, there's really no time for such medical formalities when you've got a disabled woman to kill.


The government-appointed neurosurgeon who deemed Terry Schiavo to be in a "Permanent Vegetative State" is a leading crusader in the "right-to-die" movement.

What's more:

In cases where other doctors don't see it, Dr. Cranford seems to have a knack for finding PVS. Cranford also diagnosed Robert Wendland as PVS. He did so in spite of the fact that Wendland could pick up specifically colored pegs or blocks and hand them to a therapy assistant on request. He did so in spite of the fact that Wendland could operate and maneuver an ordinary wheelchair with his left hand and foot, and an electric wheelchair with a joystick, of the kind that many disabled persons (most famously Dr. Stephen Hawking) use. Dr. Cranford dismissed these abilities as meaningless. Fortunately for Wendland, the California supreme court was not persuaded by Cranford's assessment.

Even though Dr. Cranford is an ardent "right-to-die" activist, and even though a study by the British Medical Journal "concluded that there was a 43-percent error rate in the diagnosis of PVS", there's still absolutely no chance whatsoever that Dr. Cranford has misdiagnosed Terry Schiavo's condition.

None at all.