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Jonathon Van Maren speaks with Bobby Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo, on this week’s episode of The Van Maren Show. Schindler advocates for the medically vulnerable and is a full-time advocate, speaker, and writer. He’s a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and his writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, and many more.
Schindler starts the conversation sharing what it was like to grow up with Terri; sharing the real happiness before the tragic story of her death. “Terri was always one that was always laughing in the house, whether it was at my dad’s corny jokes or just whatever.” It wasn’t long after the entire Schindler family relocated to Florida that things started to deteriorate. And then on February 25, 1990, Terri collapsed while home alone with Michael and Schindler was called by his dad to go check on her. Schindler then shares what was happening in the weeks and months following the initial collapse.
Going quickly from the few months after the collapse, during which time they saw Terri improve, Schindler skips ahead to eight years later when Michael Schiavo really took the legal matters into his own hands and pushed to have Terri’s feeding tube removed, despite the fact that she was not considered to be in a “vegetative state.”