Contact: Bobby Schindler, Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, 727-490-7603
ST. PETERSBURG, FL / — Earlier today, Italy's top appeals court upheld a July ruling allowing a father to remove basic care – food and water – from his 35-year-old daughter.
Eluana Englaro has been receiving food and water via a feeding tube since a 1992 car crash that left her with a brain injury. Her father, Beppino Englaro, has been seeking to end her life for nearly 10 years. Today's ruling will clear the way for Eluana to experience a barbaric and inhumane death by starvation and dehydration.
As previously stated in a July 2008 press release from the foundation:
"This court's ruling seems to indicate that American 'medical ethics' are spreading like a virus among the international community, threatening countless numbers of elderly, ailing and disabled persons in an increasing and alarming way," noted Terri's brother, Bobby Schindler.
"Our heart goes out to this family as we know very well the profound affect that these types of injuries can have on loved ones. However, we must remember that we have a grave obligation to do all we can to protect those with disabilities, recognizing that a person with a brain injury is a human being with an inherent dignity and a right to life. This young girl needs only food and water and her family's love to survive. At the very least this should be provided to her."
Terri's Foundation, located in St. Petersburg, Fla., is an organization dedicated to promoting the Culture of Life, embracing the true meaning of compassion by opposing the practice of euthanasia.
Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation
5562 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33707