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.
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.