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That led them to my exposé on Gizoogle (which we broke before the Washington Post got to it).
Also, someone asking: is Terry Schiavo brain dead?
No. When I covered this before, I quoted an article which wrongly described both Schiavo and Scantlin as brain dead. Neither were. There was always some brain activity in both. Terry Schiavo is in something called "persistent vegetative state." She has enough brain function to allow some simple reflex actions, but her brain is so damaged that it is unlikely, if not impossible, that she'll ever regain more brain function.
Machinery can keep everything working indefinitely, but I think it's a stretch to consider that a life equivalent to what she had before she was hospitalized. If she didn't want to be kept alive by machines, as her husband asserts, let her go in peace.