Shiavo Autopsy Results Partially in…

A portion of the long awaited Terri Schiavo autopsy result has finally come in and wouldn’t you know it,

Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner Jon Thogmartin concluded that…her brain was about half of normal size when she died.

Thogmartin says her brain was “profoundly atrophied” – and that the damage wasirreversiblele.” He also says, “The vision centers of her brain were dead” – meaning she was blind.

If you recall, “Dr.” Frist’s expert diagnosis of Shiavo went a little something like this,

“I question it based on a review of the video footage which I spent an hour or so looking at last night in my office,” he said in a lengthy speech in which he quoted medical texts and standards. “She certainly seems to respond to visual stimuli.”

Led by his “expert” diagnosis and championed by an odd consortium of Republican officials including Tom DeLay and Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL), the GOP decided to turn this poor woman’s plight into a three ring circus because, as a memo at the time said, “This is a great political issue…this is a tough issue for Democrats.” I can’t wait to see what the rest of the results have to say.

UPDATE: The New York Times has the following piece which contains a bit more detail. A small clip follows:

An autopsy on Terri Schiavo, the severely brain damaged woman whose death sparked an intense debate over a person’s right-to-die, showed that her brain was severely “atrophied” and weighed less than half of what it should have, and that no treatment could have reversed the damage.

During a televised news conference today in Largo, Fla., the Piniellas-Pasco Medical Examiner, Jon Thogmartin, also said the autopsy showed that Ms. Schiavo’s condition was “consistent” with a person in a persistent vegetative state. That point had become a key issue in the debate over whether to prolong Ms. Schiavo’s life and whether she had a chance to recover normal brain function.

“This damage was irreversible,” said Mr. Thogmartin. “No amount of therapy or treatment would have regenerated the massive loss of neurons.”

So there you have it.

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