A Life That Matters: The Legacy of Terri Schiavo -- A Lesson for Us All

by Terri's Family:

CD audiobook, 2007

Barcode

4444

Call number

CD 922.2 SCH

Status

Available

Call number

CD 922.2 SCH

Description

In 2005, the case of the comatose Terri Schiavo came before the courts, pitting her husband, who wanted life support ended, against her family. In the aftermath of Terri's death, her parents, brother, and sister tell their side of the story that divided the country.

Publication

Hachette Audio (2007)

ISBN

1594836280 / 9781594836282

Rating

(5 ratings; 2.9)

User reviews

LibraryThing member atreic
I read this just before reading 'Terri the Truth', because I was interested in contrasting the story as told from the side of Terri's parents and the story as told by Terri's husband.

I don't read a lot of non fiction, and thought they might be a bit of a slog, but the books - particularly read as a pair - were very gripping and hard to put down.

It's a heartbreakingly sad story. There's a young couple, she collapses one night and ends up in a persistent vegitative state, her husband eventually wants to remove her feeding tube, and her parents fight against this with all they have. It has lots of shadows where the truth will never quite be known - was she bullemic? Was he abusive? How much was it about Terri's life, and how much was it about the million dollar settlement awarded to her for medical malpractise? Did she ever really say she wouldn't want to be left like that? What was her medical condition, when carefully edited videos showed her following things with her eyes and smiling? And it's petrifying for watching how quickly things turn toxic between the warring sides of the family.

You don't often get to see things from both sides, and these books - carefully checked and groomed as I'm sure they are - manage that in a fascinating way.
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