Speakeasy forum

General discussion

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.


http://edition.cnn.com/2003/LAW/10/28/schiavo.lkl/

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Schiavo suspects bulimia caused wife's collapse
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Schiavo suspects bulimia caused wife's collapse
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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.

Collapse -
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.

-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
click here to email semods4@yahoo.com

The opinions expressed above are my own,
and do not necessarily reflect those of CNET!

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) Poisoning isn't always involuntary
by Steven Haninger / March 26, 2005 5:25 AM PST
Collapse -
"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.

http://jb-williams.com/ts-report-12-03.htm

Angeline


click here to email semods4@yahoo.com

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

...broken back and broken femur???

Collapse -
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.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

Does BMW or Volvo do it best?

Pint-size luxury and funky style

Shopping for a new car this weekend? See how the BMW X2 stacks up against the Volvo XC40 in our side-by-side comparison.