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Schiavo suspects bulimia caused wife's collapse

by Mark5019 / March 26, 2005 3:13 AM PST

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Michael Schiavo, the man at the center of a right-to-die controversy in Florida, said Monday he believes his wife's heart failed 13 years ago as a complication of bulimia.

His wife, Terri, is in a persistent vegetative state, and he has fought to let her die in accordance with what he says are her wishes.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Larry King, Michael Schiavo said he awoke early on the morning of February 25, 1990, to find his wife collapsed in the hallway of their home.

"What we can fathom right now is her potassium level was very low, more than likely from bulimia," he said. Bulimia is an eating disorder in which someone alternately binges on large amounts of food and then purges by throwing up.


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Low electrolyte levels
by Steven Haninger / March 26, 2005 3:35 AM PST

were a common cause of mortality in infants and children many years ago, as I recall reading. Babies would die for no apparant reason after being stricken with an illness that caused vomiting and diarrhea and should not have been fatal. A body doesn't tolerate wide swings in levels of sodium, potassium and calcium and these are lost through body fluids. Of course vomiting can be caused by other reactions such as that to poisoning. I would wonder if toxicology exams were performed as well.

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Perhaps not -- but there were no indications of foul play
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 26, 2005 4:30 AM PST
In reply to: Low electrolyte levels

or problems in the marriage. Terry's family didn't sour on Michael, btw, until after the settlement, when he refused to split the judgment with them. THEN he became a bad son-in-law, even though they praised him to the stars in the malpractice trial.

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(NT) (NT) Poisoning isn't always involuntary
by Steven Haninger / March 26, 2005 5:25 AM PST
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"Water intoxication"
by Angeline Booher / March 26, 2005 6:30 AM PST

Several days ago Dragon posted a link submitted by Jay Wolfson, DrPH, JD, Guardian Ad Litem for Theresa Marie Schiavo, to Gov. Bush.

She lost a lot of weight PRIOR to meeting her husband.

She drank about 17 glasses of iced tea per day.

Such a volume of liquid washed out the electrolytes, including potassium.



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Oh really, wonder what caused the
by Jack Ammann / March 26, 2005 10:11 AM PST

...broken back and broken femur???

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People who are bulemic can have a number
by Dragon / March 26, 2005 10:51 AM PST

of symptoms, including brittle bones and nails, low fertility (they went to a fertility clinic to try to have kids) infrequent or nonexistent menses, mood swings, and a number of others. I had also decided that her extreme potassium deficit was likely to have caused her heart attack. I remember reading somewhere that they had thought she may have been abused at one time or another, possibly as a kid. But with her condition, bones could have been broken with therapy or with the initial handling of her, if they werent careful.

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