Autopsy supports claim that Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative stateBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1467-a (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1467
- Fred Charatan
The autopsy report on Terri Schiavo, the brain damaged woman at the centre of a “right to die” controversy in the United States, lends weight to the claim that she was in a persistent vegetative state and had irreversible brain damage.
The chief medical examiner for Florida's Pinellas and Pasco counties, Dr Jon Thogmartin, assisted by Dr Steven Nelson, medical examiner for three other counties, delivered their 39 page report on 15 June. Mrs Schiavo's death on 31 March ended a dispute that had …