Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says
- Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says
by Steven Ertelt
March 7, 2005
Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) -- Despite the contention of Terri Schiavo's
estranged husband Michael and courts that have allowed him to starve her to
death, a doctor nominated for the Nobel Prize says he believes medical
therapies are still available that could help Terri partly recover from her
[pichammes.jpg] Dr. William Hammesfahr is an internationally recognized expert
on cases of brain-injured patients. He has been identified in helping patients
with chronic brain injuries from many causes actually leave long term
disability, and return to work.
Terri Schiavo's injury, hypoxic encephalopathy, is a type of stroke that he
treats every day with success.
"We, and others I know, have treated many patients worse than Terri and have
seen them regain independence and dignity," Hammesfahr said.
"There are many approaches that would help Terri Schiavo," Dr. Hammesfahr
explained. "I know, because I had the opportunity to personally examine her,
her medical records, and her X-rays."
"It is time to help Terri, instead of just warehousing her," he added. "She
would have benefited from treatment years ago, but it is not too late to start
This isn't the first time Hammesfahr has discussed Terri's plight.
Last year, he explained that, after examining Terri, he believed that she could
eventually eat and drink on her own. He also said he believes Terri would be
able to talk and have good use of one arm and one hand should be given proper
Hammesfahr also said he thought Terri would eventually be able to transfer
herself from a wheelchair to a bed.
"The patient is not in a coma," concluded Hammesfahr said after observing
Terri. "She responds to specific people best. She tries to please others by
doing activities for which she gets verbal praise."
He says Terri's eyes clearly fixate on her family and she tries to follow the
simple commands her parents give her.
"She looks at you, she can follow commands," Hammesfahr said.
Dr. Hammesfahr was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in
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