Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 23, 2005

Yet Another Recovery from Persistent Vegetative State

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Yet another person who was once in Terri Schiavo’s condition, but recovered, has surfaced. You can guess what they think of the starvation order.

I have a sister who was in the same situation as Terri Schiavo. 12 years ago my sister had a sudden cardiac arrest episode that caused major damage to her brain. Four days into her coma we were told by doctors that Kim was in a persistent vegetative state and that we should unplug her ventilator. …

We have video footage of Kim from 1993 when she was in the midst of her very intensive, daily therapies. If you could see the footage, which has been broadcasted on the news by WGAL-8 and Fox-43, you would be eerily amazed at how similar Kim was to Terri Schiavo.

Yes, we were told by neurologists at Lancaster Community Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania that Kim was in a PVS (persistent vegetative state). When they told my family to turn off the ventilator because she was never going to recover, we told them that they had forgotten one very important factor, God! … Shortly after that meeting we transferred Kim to the Rehabilitation unit at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey Pennsylvania. Kim was only able to breath on her own for short periods of time; she was completely dependent on a feeding tube for nourishment and hydration. She was actually worse than Terri in that she was not able to track objects with her eyes and seemed to stare off into space.

She certainly remembers the long and extremely difficult road to her recovery. She is grateful to have had the chance for such a recovery. She knows that had it not been for the daily occupational, physical and speech therapies in which she was provided that she would not be the woman that she is today. While she physically challenged and in a wheelchair to this day, she has a happy life. She enjoys many activities like scrap booking, going to the theatre and spending time with friends and family.

Kim and her family will appear on TV tomorrow on Comcast MidAtlantic. See here for details.

2 Responses to “Yet Another Recovery from Persistent Vegetative State”

  1. theresa wells Says:

    im so glad someone is telling america that someone was worse than terri and recovered just because u have a medical condtion and u are down u can get back up and i pray that they do put the feeding tube back in and give her rahab we are to better our selfs and that goes for the people that get injurys they have rights too. and im so glad your sister got better and tell her shes one in a million that she may help another to live.

  2. Todd Says:

    My mom is in the same situation as Kim and Terri. Last month she had sudden cardiac arrest which caused lack of oxygen to the brain. She is currently on a vent and recieves feeding through a G-Tube. The doctors gave us the same prognosis and said that if she doesn’t recover we should consider unplugging her. This situation is so difficult for us to accept because we come from a tight family and a small community. I have trust in God and know she will recover. My mom is very young and has always been a strong Christian. We will not lose faith and we continue to pray for her recovery

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