I couldn't get Hello to work for me yesterday, but a kind friend, Maia Cowan of FailureIsImpossible.com, uploaded the following picture of two brain scans to her web site:
Again, the doctor is pointing to a normal, healthy, living brain. The whitish-grey matter is living brain tissue, the cerebral cortex that makes us thinking, feeling, actively human people. The few dark areas are cavities outlined and filled by spinal fluid.
Now, look at the scan next to that one. That's of Terri Schiavo's brain.
Notice that the scan of Terri's brain shows a totally different picture. Instead of a whole, healthy, living brain that fills the skull, we see a few shriveled bits of cerebral cortex in a vast pool of spinal fluid.
This is not the brain scan of someone who can think, feel, or even react. This is the brain of someone who is brain-dead.
Send this picture to your Congresscritters. Enclose the link to the CBS Evening News story
from which it was taken, and mention that the pic is to be found at the 1:26.5 minute mark (though the pic already shows that).
Bill the Cat-Killer Frist says he thinks the heavily-edited video footage that Operation Rescue and the Schindlers have touted shows that Terri still has a brain. But he hasn't seen the unedited video -- which shows that for every time Terri seems to respond to a balloon or her mother, there are many more times that she does not.
And he probably hasn't seen this CBS Evening News video. Send him copies.
The scan of Terri Schiavo's brain was done before she had an experimental device implanted, at Michael's request, in a futile attempt to stimulate brain function. (So much for the slanders and libels stating that Michael Schiavo had given up right away on his wife!)
Unfortunately, once this was done, future MRIs were impossible
because the MRI radiation would have adversely affected the (magnetic) device, which (as a moment's thought will make plain) would not be good for what was left of her brain. (Essentially, it would have cooked what little was left.)