Terri Schiavo is known as the woman who was on life support for 15 years through the 90's. After her death, a foundation was started in her honor. The "Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network" was set up to raise awareness for "medical accidents" that leave patients on life support. On Jan. 1, ABC News reported that the foundation has been "silently" assisting Jahi McMath's family (the girl who was left brain dead following a "routine tonsillectomy").
"Every person needs to understand that medical accidents happen every day. Families and individuals must be more aware of the issue of accountability and patient rights," said Bobby Schindler, executive director of Terri's Network.
The Terri Schiavo Foundation has been helping Jahi's family find a long term facility that will keep the 13-year-old "alive." While a couple of doctors have confirmed that Jahi is brain dead, her family is not ready to say goodbye just yet. Either they are praying for a miracle or they just don't want to part with Jahi's body -- or maybe it's a little bit of both. The trouble is that they are having a hard time finding a facility to take her -- and a way to get her where she needs to go.
"The hospital said any facility that takes Jahi would be accepting a dead body and would have to get a coroner's approval," reports ABC News.
Terri Schiavo was put on life support in 1990 after she collapsed and her heart temporarily stopped. She remained on life support until 2005, her husband fighting the courts to keep her "alive" although parts of her brain were "dead."
© Effie Orfanides 2014