IS THAT BITCH GONNA DIE?"
THE AFFIDAVIT THAT TELLS ALL
By: Barbara Stanley
Lets see, first Michael Schiavo beats and strangles his wife Terri,
leaves her lying unconscious on the floor until her family arrives to get her to the
Care: The Terri Schiavo Case by Diane Alden)
Then Michael Schiavo sues the hospital for $20 million because he needs the money to
get his poor wife therapy.
Then Michael Schiavo pockets the money, denies his wife the care he said she needed and
finally, claims she really wants to die.
Michael Schiavo killed his wife Terri's cat, melted down her wedding ring and then took
up with his girlfriend and lives with her today with their children. Does this sound like
a loving husband who really cares about his wife's wishes?
And what do we get on the tube every hour on the hour: persistent vegetative
state as though any of the talking heads who ghoulishly proclaim Terri's life isn't
worth that of a convicted serial killer sitting on death row (for 20 years, while due
process goes on).
Michael Schiavo's supporters claim he loved his wife Terri enough to take a nursing
degree so that he could take care of her. I think he got that nursing degree so he could
inject her with insulin and hasten her death and his complete claim to all the money he
won in litigation.
Just take a gander at the sworn testimony of an attending nurse: Carla Sauer Iyer
(affidavit* below) but let me save you some time and report a quote
of Michael Schiavo's after visiting his still living wife: "When is that bitch gonna
Hmmm. Loving husband or man so afraid of not only not getting the money (what's left of
the $20 million) but the prospect of facing a jury for his attempted murder, a charge
which is possible as long as Terri lives. Sounds like motive to me.
Michael Schiavo says Terri said she never wanted to be kept alive on machines. Okay.
Even if that was her statement (which there is absolutely no corroborating testimony and
quite the unusual statement coming from a young, newly married woman still in her twenties
and full of life); Terri is not being kept alive by machines!
Terri has a feeding tube from which she gets food and water. Had she had the care and
therapy she was entitled to, there is every chance today Terri would be divorced from that
louse and feeding herself just fine.
About that loving husband crapola: what husband do you know evinces his
marital fidelity and love by living with another woman, having children with that woman
and dumps his wife in a hospice while waiting for her to die? What loving husband kills
his sick wife's pet? What loving husband denies his wife's family visitation?
I ask these questions because the media morons are still stuck with their new term:
persistent vegetative state and are oblivious to the actual facts of this
tragic case. Big whoop. You media guys and tootsies learned a new word. How about this for
some new words: it could be your sister in that hospice bed. Or you. Feel better now? Feel
so self-righteous you can bloviate on and on about what you have heard and not researched?
And what about the fact the judge in this long-enduring case, Greer and
Michael Schiavo's lawyer, Felos, are both members of The
Kevorkian is in jail for doing what these men (using the term loosely) want to do, are
in the process of doing to Terri right now. Felos is presently finishing up another book
about euthanasia as soon as he can kill Terri Schiavo. Moreover, he was on the board of
the hospice when he secretly moved Terri there while the hospice was already under
investigation for Medicare
fraud for misdiagnosing patients as terminal who were not dying.
And lets put to rest that nonsense I have heard from several doctors,
so-called experts who have never seen her, that dying from starvation and dehydration is
painless and humane? Dying this way is more than cruel and inhuman. We dont even dispatch
killer pit bulls this way. First, the body begins to use up its own fluid. Then the tongue
swells and protrudes from the also swollen lips; then the patient moans in pain and the
stomach acid builds up for digestion that never happens. How many of you have felt the
results of missing just a meal or two? Imagine what it is like to not only have food, but
not even water, to linger for sometimes a full month waiting to slowly die.
This is the fate some would like Terri to endure even though her family is ready,
willing and able to care for their suffering daughter. It is time for Michael Schiavo to
be held accountable, for the Judges in the case to be held accountable and for the moral
obligation of those is power to be enforced.
*AFFIDAVIT STATE OF FLORIDA ) COUNTY OF
BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who being first duly sworn, deposes and says:
1. My name is Carla Sauer Iyer. I am over the age of eighteen and make this statement of my own personal knowledge.
2. I am a registered nurse in the State of Florida, having been licensed continuously in Florida from 1997 to the present. Prior to
that I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for about four
3. I was employed at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Florida from April 1995 to July 1996, while Terri
Schiavo was a patient there.
4. It was clear to me at Palm Gardens that all decisions regarding Terri Schiavo
were made by Michael Schiavo, with no allowance made for any discussion, debate or normal
professional judgment. My initial
training there consisted solely of the instruction "Do what Michael Schiavo tells you
or you will beterminated." This struck me as extremely odd.
5. I was very disturbed by the decision making protocol, as no allowance whatsoever was
made for professional responsibility. The atmosphere throughout the facility was dominated
by Mr. Schiavo's intimidation. Everyone there, with the exception of several people who
seemed to be close to Michael, was intimidated by him. Michael Schiavo always had an
overbearing attitude, yelling numerous times such things as "This is my order and
you're going to follow it." He is very large and uses menacing body language, such as
standing too close to you, getting right in your face and practically shouting.
6. To the best of my recollection, rehabilitation had been ordered for Terri, but I never
saw any being done or had any reason at all to believe that there was ever any rehab of
Terri done at Palm Gardens while I was there. I became concerned because Michael wanted
nothing done for Terri at all, no antibiotics, no tests, no range of motion therapy, no
stimulation, no nothing. Michael said again and again that Terri should NOT get any rehab,
that there should be no range of motion whatsoever, or anything else. I and a CNA named
Roxy would give Terri range of motion anyway. One time I put a wash cloth in Terri's hand
to keep her fingers from curling together and Michael saw it and made me take it out,
saying that was therapy.
7. Terri's medical condition was systematically distorted and misrepresented by Michael.
When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while
in my presence, saying such things as "mommy," and "help me."
"Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it
hundreds of times. Terri would try to say the word "pain" when she was in
discomfort, but it came out more like "pay." She didn't say the "n"
sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying
"pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she
would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in
bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a
bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper and scooted in bed on
8. When I came into her room and said "Hi, Terri", she would always recognize my
voice and her name, and would turn her head all the way toward me, saying
"Haaaiiiii" sort of, as she did. I recognized this as a
"hi", which is very close to what it sounded like, the whole sound being only a
second or two long. When I told her humrous stories about my life or something I read in
the paper, Terri would chuckle, sometimes more a giggle or laugh. She would move her whole
body, upper and lower. Her legs would sometimes be off the bed, and need to be
repositioned. I made numerous entries into the nursing notes in her chart, stating
verbatim what she said and her various behaviors, but by my next on-duty shift, the notes
would be deleted from her chart. Every time I made a positive entry about any
responsiveness of Terri's, someone would remove it after my shift ended. Michael always
demanded to see her chart as soon as he arrived, and would take it in her room with him. I
documented Terri's rehab potential well, writing whole pages about Terri's responsiveness,
but they would always be deleted by the next time I saw her chart. The reason I wrote so
much was that everybody else seemed to be afraid to make positive entries for fear of
their jobs, but I felt very strongly that a nurses job was to accurately record everything
we see and hear that bears on a patients condition and their family. I upheld the Nurses
Practice Act, and if it cost me my job, I was willing to accept that.
9. Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death.
Michael would say "When is she going to die?," "Has she died yet?" and
"When is that bitch gonna die?" These statements were common knowledge at Palm
Gardens, as he would make them casually in passing, without regard even for who he was
talking to, as long as it was a staff member. Other statements which I recall him making
include "Can't anything be done to accelerate her death - won't she ever die?"
When she wouldn't die, Michael would be furious. Michael was also adamant that the family
should not be given information. He made numerous statements such as "Make sure the
parents aren't contacted." I recorded Michael's statements word for word in Terri's
chart, but these entries were also deleted after the end of my shift. Standing orders were
that the family wasn't to be contacted, in fact, there was a large sign in the front of
her chart that said under no circumstances was her family to be called, call Michael
immediately, but I would call them, anyway, because I thought they should know about their
10. Any time Terri would be sick, like with a UTI or fluid buildup in her lungs, colds, or
pneumonia, Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die. He
would say something like, "Hallelujah! You've made my day!" He would call me, as
I was the nurse supervisor on the floor, and ask for every little detail about her
temperature, blood pressure, etc., and would call back frequently asking if she was dead
yet. He would blurt out "I'm going to be rich!" and would talk about all the
things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat, and going to
Europe, among other things.
11. When Michael visited Terri, he always came alone and always had the door closed and
locked while he was with Terri. He would typically be there about twenty minutes or so.
When he left Terri would be trembling, crying hysterically, and would be very pale and
have cold sweats. It looked to me like Terri was having a hypoglycemic reaction, so I'd
check her blood sugar. The glucometer reading would be so low
it was below the range where it would register an actual number reading. I would put
dextrose in Terri's mouth to counteract it. This happened about five times on my shift, as
I recall. Normally Terri's blood sugar levels were very stable due to the uniformity of
her diet through tube feeding. It is medically possible that Michael injected Terri with
Regular insulin, which is very fast acting, but I don't have any way of knowing for sure.
12. The longer I was employed at Palm Gardens the more concerned I became about patient
care, both relating to Terri Schiavo, for the reasons I've said, and other patients, too.
There was an LPN named Carolyn Adams, known as "Andy" Adams who was a particular
concern. An unusual number of patients seemed to die on her shift, but she was completely
unconcerned, making statements such as "They are old - let them die." I couldn't
believe her attitude or the fact that it didn't seem to attract any attention. She made
many comments about Terri being a waste of money, that she should die. She said it was
costing Michael a lot of money to keep her alive, and that he complained about it
constantly (I heard him complain about it all the time, too.) Both Michael and Adams said
that she wouldbe worth more to him if she were dead. I ultimately called the police
relative to this situation, and was terminated the next day. Other reasons were cited, but
I was convinced it was because of my "rocking the boat."
13. Ms. Adams was one of the people who did not seem to be intimidated by Michael. In
fact, they seemed to be very close, and Adams would do whatever Michael told her. Michael
sometimes called Adams at
night and spoke at length. I was not able to hear the content of these phone calls, but I
knew it was him talking to her because she would tell me afterward and relay orders from
14. I have contacted the Schindler family because I just couldn't stand by and let Terri
die without the truth being known.
FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.
CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N.
The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 29 day of August,
2003, by CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who produced her Florida's driver's license
as identification, and who did take an oath.
signed Patricia J. Anderson
My commission expires
Notary seal of Patricia J. Anderson
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