TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged time gap between when her husband found her and when he called 911…
“Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay,” Bush wrote. “In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome.”
Grandstanding and practicing medicine without a license. Dispatches from the Culture Wars explains:
Virtually all of this is nonsense. It is utterly false that this alleged time gap was “never brought up”. It’s been out there for years, but it’s based on virtually nothing. In a TV interview 13 years after her collapse, Michael said that he woke up and found her around 4:30 am. The 911 call was made at 5:40 am. But was Michael trying to be accurate in his interview? Obviously not. He was recounting that he got woken up in the middle of the night. In another interview, he’d said around 5 am. But there’s one really obvious reason why there was no alleged 70 minute gap between finding Terri and calling 911 – she wouldn’t be alive if he had waited that long. She was without oxygen. If she’d been without oxygen for 70 minutes, she would have been stone cold dead with no chance of revival. The fact that they managed to revive her after multile defibrillations, but with major brain damage, is proof that she was only down 10-15 minutes.
I’d like to see Congress pass another special Schiavo law, to the effect that any politician who tries to exploit this issue is banned from elected office for life. We can start with this Bush character.