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Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says

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  • Steven Ertelt
    Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor March 7, 2005 Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) --
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      Terri Schiavo Can Still be Rehabilitated, Nobel Prize-Nominated Doctor Says

      by Steven Ertelt
      LifeNews.com Editor
      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
      disabled state.

      [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
      now."

      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
      rehabilitative treatment.

      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
      1999.

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