Frist Gets First Clue
An autopsy later showed that Schiavo had suffered severe, irreversible brain damage and was blind.
Frist, R-Tenn., said in the full Senate that he supported what he called "an opportunity to save Mrs. Schiavo's life." A heart surgeon, Frist had viewed video ordered by a court and taken by a board-certified neurologist who had concluded she was not in a persistent vegetative state.
So, Frist - a cardiac specialist - looked at a video and made a diagnosis contrary to the neurological specialists caring for Mrs. Schaivo. Now, he denies making a diagnosis (apparently it's a term somehow regulated by the AMA in such a way that he can deny making one), but he used that unmade diagnosis to muster up a law requiring further support in violation of the order to pull the plug on her. Thank God our courts didn't support that action.
His second-guessing of the experts for political purposes sounds a lot like Bush cooking intelligence and ignoring Pentagon advice about Iraq. Do we really want another 'fangers-in-his-ears, yelling Na, Na, Na I can't hear you' president? No, sugar, I don't think so!