Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network Establishes Research and Education Center

October 23, 2012 (Mail Online) - A teenage girl in a coma after a catastrophic car crash came round just as doctors were about to declare her brain dead. Carina Melchior had had life support withdrawn on the advice of medics and was being prepared for organ donation.

But to the astonishment of staff at the Aarhus Hospital, in Denmark, the 19-year-old suddenly opened her eyes and started moving her legs. She is now making a good recovery at a rehabilitation centre and is able to walk, talk and even ride her horse Mathilde. (continue reading ...)


Contact: Mary Foley, The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, 484-278-4287, mfoley@lifeandhope.com

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., October 23, 2012 / -- The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Disability in the Public Square (CDPS) to be directed by Mark P. Mostert, PhD.

Dr. Mostert, originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, joins the Center with 25 years of academic experience on disability issues and as President of Disability Consultants International.

The mission of the CDPS is to engage, educate, and enable people with medical and other disabilities, their supporters, and the general public to embrace and act on a culture of life both nationally and internationally.

“Terri’s Life & Hope Network receives desperate calls from families of loved ones because they are being asked to make medical decisions without all the relevant information needed to err on the side of life,” stated Dr. Mostert. “The Center for Disability in the Public Square will serve as a resource to provide this much-needed information to families in their times of need.”

CDPS will be executed via four key concentrations:
To develop comprehensive databases of evidence around major bioethical and related topics.
To establish data-driven arguments to counter pro-death perspectives.
To develop distribution networks of educational materials via multiple outlets.
To share information and educate at the international level.
“Terri’s Life & Hope Network is very excited to have Dr. Mostert as part of our organization,” stated Executive Director, Bobby Schindler. “His expertise and leadership on the disability issue will only enhance and strengthen Terri’s Life & Hope mission and objective to help protect our medically vulnerable.”


About the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network: Terri's Life & Hope Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group dedicated to helping the medically vulnerable who are facing life-threatening situations. For more information visit: www.lifeandhope.com