Theresa Marie Schiavo was not in a Persistent Vegetative State.
Theresa Marie Schiavo did not have PVS.
Definition: Persistent Vegetative State
A persistent vegetative state (commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as "brain-death") sometimes follows a coma. Individuals in such a state have lost their thinking abilities and awareness of their surroundings, but retain non-cognitive function and normal sleep patterns. Even though those in a persistent vegetative state lose their higher brain functions, other key functions such as breathing and circulation remain relatively intact. Spontaneous movements may occur, and the eyes may open in response to external stimuli. They may even occasionally grimace, cry, or laugh. Although individuals in a persistent vegetative state may appear somewhat normal, they do not speak and they are unable to respond to commands. (U.S. Government, National Institute of Health - click here)
AUTHOR'S NOTE: According to Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the medical ethics division at New York Presbyterian Hospital–Weill Cornell Medical Center, one study suggested that as many as 30 percent of vegetative patients studied were in fact minimally conscious. click here
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a book authored by a man in a hospital bed, unable to speak or move his body, connected to intravenous and feeding tubes, and dependent on the care of others, with no hope of recovery, and no Michael Schiavo for a "guardian." In December 1995, at the age of 43, the author suffered a sudden and severe stroke in the brain stem and emerged from a coma several weeks later to find himself in a rare condition called "locked-in syndrome" (LIS). Although Jean-Dominique Bauby's mind was intact, he had lost virtually all physical control, able to move only his left eyelid. Unable to write or speak, Bauby composed each passage mentally and then dictated it, letter by letter, to an amanuensis who painstakingly recited a frequency-ordered alphabet until Bauby chose a letter by blinking his left eyelid once to signify "yes." In what was likely another heroic act of will, Bauby survived just long enough to see his memoir published in the spring of 1997. more..
Watch this video, and concentrate on the purposeful movement of the arms and hands. For those medical "professionals" who claim that Theresa Schiavo's brainstem and cognitive functions were not intact, perhaps some undocumented skeletal or arterial conduction was responsible for the path between brain and muscle. click here
Author's NOTE: Many outside the medical community did not know how to interpret the SCHIAVO autopsy. They would not have known that only the proximate cause of death was determined, and the tremendous fluid losses and chemistry changes attributed to the reduced cerebral weight, cerebral degradation, and many other findings.