Well, did he use that money to help her? No. But he did convince a malpractice jury that he would care for her the rest of her life. Why didn't he pull the plug then? Because you cain't get money from a woman who wanted to die anyways. Why didn't he spend that money ro rehabilitate her? That is why he got it isn't it?
He told the jury he would care for Terri for the rest of her life, which an expert testified would be a normal life span, and that as part of this loving devotion, he would provide
her with regular medical tests and appropriate rehabilitation with the money the jury awarded.
Again, he must have forgotten that it was her wish not to be kept alive.
Did Mr. Schiavo spend her money on legal fees to try and end her life and not on rehabilitation? Yes.
The $700,000 or so earmarked for Mrs. Schiavo's medical care for the rest of her life has dwindled to about $350,000, court records show. Most was spent in the past two years on the intense legal fight that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court and is still not over.http://www.sptimes.com/News/060301/TampaBay/Fund_for_Schiavo_s_me.shtml
Medical Malpractice Trial — Testimony of Michael Schiavo
November 1992 — In a highly emotional trial, Michael Schiavo implored the jury to award money for his wife’s future medical and neurological care. Actual excerpts from the malpractice trial transcript reveal Michael Schiavo’s sworn testimony as he responded to his attorney's question. (It is important to note that Terri’s alleged wishes stating, "she wouldn’t want to live this way," are never mentioned by her husband at the 1992 malpractice trial).
Q: Why did you want to learn to be a nurse?
Michael Schiavo: Because I enjoy it and I want to learn more how to take care of Terri.
Q: You're a young man. Your life is ahead of you. When you look up the road, what do you see for yourself?
Michael Schiavo: See myself hopefully finishing school and taking care of my wife.
Q: Where do you want to take care of your wife?
Michael Schiavo: I want to bring her home.
Q: If you had the resources available to you, if you had the equipment and the people, would you do that?
Michael Schiavo: Yes, I would, in a heartbeat.
Q: How do you feel about being married to Terri now?
Michael Schiavo: I feel wonderful. She's my life and I wouldn't trade her for the world. I believe in my wedding vows.
Q: You believe in your wedding vows, what do you mean by that?
Michael Schiavo: I believe in the vows I took with my wife, through sickness, in health, for richer or poor. I married my wife because I love her and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I'm going to do that.
Summer 1993 — Michael Schiavo dramatically demonstrates his interpretation of what his trial testimony "taking care of," really means. Less than a year after the medical malpractice jury award, Schiavo makes his first of two attempts to end his wife’s life. Bear in mind, Michael Schiavo is the inheritor of Terri's medical fund.
Michael Schiavo, under oath, in a November 1993 deposition, admits that he knew Terri would die when he instructed Terri’s caretakers not to medicate Terri with antibiotics for a potentially fatal infection. He also instructs Terri’s caretakers "not to resuscitate" should Terri require any life saving action.
As mentioned, in November1993, Michael Schiavo’s guardianship was challenged for his actions when he instructed Terri’s caretakers not to medicate Terri with antibiotics for a potentially fatal infection. This legal charge culminated with a February 1994 Judge Pennock hearing in which Michael Schiavo was exonerated and his guardianship remained intact. The court permitted Michael Schiavo to withdraw money from Terri’s medical fund to reimburse his legal expenses.
May 1998, Michael Schiavo hires attorney George Felos to petition the court to have Terri’s feeding terminated. Subsequently, the court has permitted Michael Schiavo to withdraw money from Terri’s medical fund to reimburse his legal expenses in his efforts to have Terri die.
Note: In the ensuing (9) years since the 1992 jury malpractice award, Michael Schiavo has used Terri’s medical fund money in his pursuit of Terri’s death and to defend his guardianship role. The bulk of the money has gone for legal fees. Although Terri’s medical fund is sealed; there are court transactions available for public inspection.http://www.sweetliberty.org/bulletins/euda.htm
Terri Schiavo's estranged husband Michael has spent virtually all of the money meant for Terri's medical care and rehabilitative treatment. As a result, Florida taxpayers are picking up the tab to house her in a southwest Florida hospice.
When Terri collapsed in 1990, Michael claimed that doctors failed to diagnose beforehand the causes that led to it. A court agreed and, in 1993, awarded Michael and Terri $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
At the time, Michael promised to use the money to provide rehabilitative and medical care for Terri.
Shortly afterwards, Michael decided to ask doctors to remove Terri's feeding tube -- a decision that led to the lengthy legal battle with Terri's parents Bob and Mary Schindler.
Since then, Michael has spent virtually all of the money on legal bills in his quest to starve Terri to death.
Michael Schiavo's attorneys told the Associated Press they haven't been paid in more than tow years because the money from the award has nearly run out. They say just $40-50,000 remains and it has been placed in a trust fund to pay for final legal fees associated with the ongoing litigation.
Terri lives at Woodside Hospice, and is only allowed to be there because it is a nonprofit entity and part of a state network of homes for disabled patients. She is permitted to stay there at no cost because she is considered indigent, Michael's attorney Deborah Bushnell told AP.
Normally, patients pay as much as $80,000 annually to live at Woodside.
Meanwhile, what little medical care has been afforded to Terri has been paid for by the state's Medicaid program, which helps poor residents.
The lack of medical care has caused Terri health issues and she recently had to have four teeth extracted because of poor care.
Bushnell told AP she has been paid just over $80,000 by representing Michael since 1993. Michael's lead attorney, euthanasia advocate George Felos, has brought home nearly $360,000.
Bushnell indicated that more than half of the medical malpractice award has been spent on Michael's legal bills.http://188.8.131.52/bio791.html
Is it true that Terri's money has paid for attorneys to make her dead, instead of therapists to make her better? The answer is, unquestionably, yes. According to court records, George Felos, the dutiful "right to die" attorney who sat at Schiavo's side on King's show, has been paid over $350,000 from Terri's trust fund. Another of Schiavo's attorneys, Debra Bushnell, has received about $90,000. These two lawyers alone have received more than half of Terri's entire trust.
According to court records, when Schiavo began his quest to pull Terri's feeding tube in 1998, she had more than $700,000 in the bank. This was primarily because Schiavo generally refused to authorize payments for any nursing home services on Terri's behalf beyond the basics of room and board. Thus, only about $50,000 was paid on her behalf in the five years following the jury verdict. Since 1998, about $650,000 (not taking into account any earnings from the fund) has gone out--not for therapy, but primarily for lawyers.http://www.rense.com/general43/wasn.htm