Terri Schindler Schiavo Placed in Hospital in Critical Condition

July 7, 2008 - 7:04 PM

Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - A spokeswoman for the family of Terri Schindler Schiavo said Monday afternoon that the disabled woman at the center of a Florida euthanasia controversy has been hospitalized for the second time in less than two weeks.

"She's been hospitalized, and the conditions are mysterious," Pamela Hennessy, the volunteer media coordinator for the Schindler family, told CNSNews.com Monday afternoon. "The parents don't know what's going on, but she appears to be in critical condition. It appears to be pretty serious."

As of mid-afternoon, the family had been unable to determine the reason Terri was returned to the Morton Plant Hospital from the hospice where she was being kept. Though Terri was admitted through the hospital's emergency room sometime Sunday night, her family did not learn of her hospitalization until midday Monday.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, a 1996 court order requires that Terri's parents be immediately notified of changes in their daughter's medical condition. Hennessy said the family received no such notification when Terri was moved Sunday night.

The Schindlers also were not told about Terri's Aug. 13 hospitalization for an undisclosed medical emergency. The parents were initially denied access to Terri and refused any information about her condition.

The Pinellas County Circuit Court ordered attorneys for Terri's husband, Michael Schiavo, to surrender a hospital discharge report to the Schindler family Thursday, one day before the Florida Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the Schindlers' case to keep their daughter from being starved to death. Hennessy said the parents have still not received that report.

Allegedly under orders from Michael Schiavo, the hospital staff has not released any information to Terri's parents about the reason for her emergency admission to the facility Sunday night. But, in a brief statement to CNSNews.com relayed through Hennessy Monday, Terri's father, Bob Schindler, speculated about the cause of his daughter's hospitalization.

"It sounds like they released her too soon last time around," Schindler said.

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