For the gazillionth time, Terri Schiavo was not brain dead when a FL judge ordered her dehydrated and starved to death in 2005.
Oxygen deprivation left Terri mentally disabled, but she was responsive, particularly to family. There was no correlation between Terri's condition and actor Gary Coleman's apparently unresponsive condition, although even that is unclear.
What's this about?
NYDailyNews.com is reporting today about a strange, offensive (wonder what poor Muhammad Ali thinks), and fishy postmortem interview TMZ conducted with Gary Coleman's ex-wife the day after he died, wherein she invoked Terri's name in her defense for pulling Coleman's plug. (See the TMZ interview here.)
In this story we have a ready example demonstrating how the media always has and continues to get Terri's condition wrong. NYDN.com claims Terri "languished in a coma for years" before her husband Michael had her killed, which is absolutely false. We also see demonstrated how one should be very careful about who one decides to hand over a power of attorney...
Gary Coleman's ex-wife says she pulled the plug on the ailing child actor last Friday because she didn't want him to end up like Parkinson's-stricken Muhammad Ali or late coma patient Terri Schiavo.
"[The doctors] said even if they did take a chunk out of his brain, he would not be the same. He would be basically like Muhammed Ali," Shannon Price said in a video shot the day after Coleman's death and posted on TMZ.com.
"And he would have died sooner or later anyway from that," she continued.
"I don't want people to be so hard on me, thinking I had to pull the plug too early. He wouldn't have made it anyway. His heart would have just given out."
She's been hurt by accusations she put Coleman in the hospital and wanted him dead, she said.
"I don't want people to sit there and think I'm a b****, and that I didn't care about him," she said.
"Be in my situation. I mean, look what happened with Terri Schiavo. I always think of her case, always, when it comes to this. Gary was gone."
Schiavo, of FL, languished in a coma for years before her husband won a drawn-out court battle to pull the plug.
Price, 24, was alone with Coleman last week when he suffered a head injury in a mysterious fall in the kitchen of his UT home.
She heard the fall from the upstairs master bedroom and immediately called 911 when she found Coleman bleeding profusely and "bubbling at the mouth," she told an emergency dispatcher.
Coleman, 42, was rushed to a hospital and was dead 2 days later from a suspected brain hemorrhage when she told docs to remove him from life support.
The decision raised suspicions after Coleman's UT lawyer confirmed the couple secretly divorced in 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences."
"I don't think anyone is looking at criminal wrongdoing here, but this raises the issue of the appropriateness of her making the decision to take him off life support," attorney Randy Kester told The Daily News.
The hospital released a statement saying Price had the legal authority to end life support because Coleman gave her the power in an Advanced Health Care Directive that "remains in effect regardless of a patient's marital status."
... Price is defending her decision to pull the plug on life support because she says she didn't want Gary to be like Muhammad Ali or Terri Schiavo. The comment is so offensive and wrong, it raises questions... whether her decision to terminate Gary's life was appropriate....
Price insists she didn't push Gary - a weird statement, since no one had publicly accused her of that....
Police have said there was "nothing suspicious" involving Gary's fall.
Price fondly mentions that Gary did a lot for her -- like buy her a car.