Wife of Brain-Damaged Man Urged to Let Him Live

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation is urging a Jacksonville, Fla., woman to let her brain-damaged husband live.

In a press release issued on Saturday, the Foundation - along with Terri's family --expressed support for 34-year-old Scott Thomas, who suffered a brain injury almost a year ago and has been incapacitated ever since.

Thomas's wife Eliza reportedly wants to have her husband's feeding and hydration tube removed, just as Terri Schiavo's husband Michael had her tube removed two month ago, leading to her March 31 death by dehydration and starvation.

Scott's mother Pamela Patton has temporary guardianship of her son, but that arrangement expires in June, and Eliza reportedly wants to assume guardianship at that point - something that would allow her to make life-or-death medical decisions on behalf of her husband.

According to Scott's mother, who is seeing neurological testing, Scott can speak a few words, use hand signals to communicate yes and no, and has indicated that he knows where he lives and where he attended school.

"She states that he is aware and oriented," the press release said.

Volunteers with the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation are urging Florida's social services agency to investigate the circumstances surrounding Scott's injuries to determine if he is a victim of abuse.

According to press reports, Eliza said her husband's head injury was caused by a fall, but Scott's mother believes he was struck on the head. She says Scott has indicated to her that Eliza caused the injuries.

Meanwhile, Bob Schindler, Terri's father, is urging Eliza Thomas to err on the side of life.

"The suffering our daughter endured and her death over the course of nearly two weeks was horrific," Mr. Schindler said in the statement issued by the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation.

"I am pleading with Mrs. Thomas to please reconsider her decision to seek the removal of Scott's feeding tube and to allow him to receive the therapy and rehabilitation he needs to improve. I beg Mrs. Thomas to give her husband a chance."

Press reports said Scott's guardianship will be decoded at a court hearing on June 3.

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