Straight Up with Sherri

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

NO ONE MENTIONED TERRI???

Did I just witness a Miracle?
The Connection between Donald Herbert and Terri Schiavo



Yesterday I woke up to news of a miracle: Donald Herbert, a firefighter that lapsed into a coma following a December 29, 1995 house fire accident, spoke for the first time in almost 10 years. His first words? "I want to talk to my wife."

How many of you, after hearing this same story immediately thought of Terri Schiavo? I know I did. In both stories we have an individual dealing with the after effects of brain-damage and who are reportedly unresponsive to their surroundings. Another similarity is the purported videotape alleged to show Donald Herbert unable to communicate and with little awareness as to what is going on around him. Doesn’t that sound a lot like the Terri Schiavo story? I really wanted to see how the major news media outlets were going to cover the story of Donald Herbert and how they were going to address the similarities between the two stories. With all of those high paid news analysts and commentators I was convinced it would not be too long before someone tied the two events together.

Despite having spent most of the day scanning through several television stations and mainstream media outlets hoping to see a mention of the similarities between the two stories or a comment made regarding a possible nexus, I could not find any mention of Terri Schiavo when the Donald Herbert story was discussed. Am I the only one that finds this odd? .....




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13 Comments:

  • The biggest difference is that Donald has a spouse that loves him and kept to her vows. Terri's scumbag adulterer husband couldn't care less about her, other than she was in the way of his life.

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 9:29 PM  

  • To the MSM Terri is dead and done To those who care she is everywhere. I hope somebody tells Donald just how lucky he is and maybe he too will join the fight for justice.

    By Blogger Alnot, at 1:34 AM  

  • Somebody-please get the National Inquirer
    involved in the investigation. They have an excellent staff and unlimited funds.
    Millions are mourning Terri's murder.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:43 PM  

  • I immediately thought of Terri! When I read the report on the BBC, I was amazed to learn that the two cases were completely different; Terri was PVS the fireman was not. (!) The amount of journalistic integrity that has gone into reporting this story could fit into a thimble.

    By Blogger Colleen, at 3:41 PM  

  • People who read the National Enquirer deserve to be lied to (which is why they so often are lied to).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • People who read the National Enquirer deserve to be lied to (which is why they so often are lied to).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 PM  

  • CT #1824
    When I first starting hearing the Terry case I was really conflicted. The law states that the spouse is the next to kin. Plus, I know that I would not want to live in her condition. But the more and more I heard about Terry and thought about Terry daily, I realized that upholding a law is not worth taking someone's life. Even though I, and many others, would not want to live in Terry's condition, nobody knows what Terry wanted. I would rather be wrong and save a life, than be wrong and take a life. I am absolutely amazed that the media that was supporting Terry did not grab a hold of this story. The similarities between Terry and Donald are unbelievable. The difference is that Donald had a spouse willing to love and support him through anything, and Terry's spouse, is tragically sad.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:18 PM  

  • How is a coma and PVS simular ? The fire man was not missing a cortex from what I can read

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:12 AM  

  • I am absolutely amazed that the media that was supporting Terry did not grab a hold of this story.

    I'm amazed that given all the coverage Terri got (especially online coverage), that people can still spell her name incorrectly.

    How is a coma and PVS simular?

    From this link:

    Coma is an "abnormality of brain function characterized by an unconscious sleep-like state with the eyes closed." While several kinds of coma have a high mortality rate, coma is a potentially reversible condition. After the initial injury, usually within days to several weeks, comatose patients who do not recover or die emerge from their coma to periods of apparent wakefulness, While some of these patients show variable degrees of neurologic recovery, the prognosis for those who remain in the vegetative state for one to three months becomes increasingly dismal. At this point, after detailed and repeated examinations by a trained neurologist, the diagnosis of PVS is usually made. Many physicians prefer to wait as much as six months before labeling a case as PVS.{21} Unfortunately, as indicated above, the terms "PVS" and "coma" have been used somewhat loosely, so that comatose patients may be inaccurately referred to as PVS and vice versa. It is important, therefore, that a careful diagnosis be made before designating an individual as PVS.

    There are some fascinating points at that link. For instance, did you know there's a condition called the "locked-in" syndrome, or midbrain death, where there is paralysis of all extremities and inability to communicate orally. The patient is unable to move the eyes horizontally but can move them vertically.

    By Anonymous firstres, at 1:44 AM  

  • Both suffered a lack of oxygen to the brain for a long enough time to suspect irreversible brain damage and both were in a coma which they "woke up" from.

    But he was determined to be consistently conscious and aware and had the ability of limited speech and the ability to understand, although he didn't seem to have retained any memory before he came out of it.

    His condition was what Terri's parents were trying to argue she was in at the end, namely a minimally conscious state.

    By Anonymous Vanessa, at 6:38 AM  

  • People who claimed that they wanted 'to save Terri's life,' were about 15 years too late. Comparisons between her and this fireman are only made by zealots and religious fanatics. The reason that you haven't been hearing doctors, and consequently the media, linking these two, is because they aren't completely different circumstances.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:24 PM  

  • People who claimed that they wanted 'to save Terri's life,' were about 15 years too late. They should have been there to help her with her anorexia. Perhaps her parents need to pretend that she was still alive was due to their guilt over not helping her to have more self-esteem. Comparisons between her and this fireman are only made by zealots and religious fanatics. The reason that you haven't been hearing doctors, and consequently the media, linking these two, is because they are completely different circumstances.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:26 PM  

  • These stories are very similar. Even though Terri was PVS, her husband should have given her back to her parents. Murder was not his only option.

    tj1625

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 PM  

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