The CodeBlueBlog is written by a healthcare profession with experience reading CT scans and he takes a look at a 1996 scan of Terri Schiavo’s brain. He concludes that the evidence as cited by the court and repeated in the media for Terri’s brain damage is vastly flawed and that her condition is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
The most alarming thing about this image, however, is that there certainly is cortex left. Granted, it is severely thinned, especially for Terri’s age, but I would be nonplussed if you told me that this was a 75 year old female who was somewhat senile but fully functional, and I defy a radiologist anywhere to contest that.
I have seen many walking, talking, fairly coherent people with worse cerebral/cortical atrophy. therefore, this is in no way prima facie evidence that Terri Schiavo’s mental abilities [and]/or capabilities are completely eradicated. I cannot believe such testimony has been given on the basis of this scan.
As for the question of a shunt, I’m not 100% certain but I do believe that she had received one at some point and that it remains in her head because Michael Schiavo won’t allow them to remove it.
He also looks at bone scan report and concludes that she was abused or mishandled severely.