All the legal and medical implications of Terri Schiavo (search) are beyond me. But they may also be beyond the doctors and lawyers who are now treating and fighting over Schiavo’s life.
I’ve gotten to know a thing or two about brain damage over the past 6 months, having a loved one who was hit by a stroke. The most incredible thing about brain damage is how little neurologists (search) really know about brain recovery. It happens in very strange and unexpected ways — sometimes in ways that the best neurologists are totally unable to explain.
Of course, if Ms. Schiavo were brain dead (search) it would be different. But she’s apparently not. She’s believed to be in something called a “persistent vegetative state,” from which people have miraculously recovered in the past. And as long as there is even the slightest chance of recovery, denying Ms. Schiavo food and water could amount to murder, according to legal scholar James Q. Wilson.
This week, when half the world celebrates the most miraculous physical comeback of them all, we could at least hope and pray for the comeback of Terri Schiavo. Even her husband would likely welcome her recovery. It would take a miracle; but a miracle of this sort is not without precedent.
And that’s the Asman Observer.
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