At Last! Some Objectivity
If you're at all like me, one of the most frustrating things in the Terri Schiavo case has been the arbitrary nature of the discussion on her condition. Even many of the doctors
I've seen interviewed have been somewhat mealy-mouthed, seemingly afraid to point out the fact that her cortex is mush and there is no chance of recovery.
Well, I'm pleased to post a link to this transcript
; it's an interview from Scarborough Country, a news program that leans to the right. The interview is with neurologist Ronald Cranford, one of the doctors who actually examined
Terri Schiavo. He might go a little over the top at certain points, but I am willing to forgive his zeal (after all, I share it!). Here's part of the interview which I absolutely loved:
DANIELS: Are you 100 percent correct in your opinion that Terri Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state? Do you agree with that?
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CRANFORD: I am 105 percent sure she is in a vegetative state. And the autopsy will show severe irreversible brain damage to the higher centers, yes.
DANIELS: Why are you so sure, Doctor?
CRANFORD: Because I examined her. The court-appointed guardian examined her. Four neurologists at the hospital where she was has said she's carried a diagnosis of vegetative state for 12 years. Every neurologist that examined her, except for Dr. [William] Hammesfahr [a neurologist selected by Terri Schiavo's parents], who is a charlatan, has said she is in vegetative state. That's what the court found. Just because you don't like --
DANIELS: Doctor, was a CAT scan -- Doctor, your critics would ask you, was a CAT scan used? Was an MRI taken? Were any of these tests taken?
CRANFORD: You don't know the answer to that? The CAT scan was done in 1996, 2002. We spent a lot of time in court showing the irreversible -- you don't have copies of those CAT scans? How can you say that?
The CAT scans are out there, distributed to other people. You have got to look at the facts. The CAT scan is out there. It shows severe atrophy of the brain. The autopsy is going to show severe atrophy of the brain. And you're asking me if a CAT scan was done? How could you possibly be so stupid?