Re: Terri Schivao - George P. Felos, Attorney for Michael Schiavo

The Hospice of the Florida $uncoast

Now Felos only stepped down from being chairman of the board of the hospice ($$The Death Factory) "to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest!"

Records show that George Felos, Michael Schialo's litigation attorney, has been paid more than $200,000.00 since 1997.
Re: The Times, June 3, 2001
The money was for Terri's rehabilitation and care.


Of course, there is a valid use of terminal sedation, and that is to ease agitation or delirium in the terminally ill or used in conjunction with analgesics to treat severe uncontrolled pain. Any other use of terminal sedation to permanently sedate a patient and withhold food and water is intentional killing, plain and simple. Byock is not limiting the use of terminal sedation to cases where the patient is severely agitated, in delirium or has uncontrolled pain. And George Felos certainly is not. In Terri Schiavo's case, the deliberate withholding of food and water to cause death is advocated. Felos has a long history of fighting for the right to kill patients (oh, should we say "right to die?") Right-to-kill organization "Compassion in Dying" directly cites Felos' efforts to kill Terri as an act of "compassion."

"Felos ... was a founding member of the National Legal Advisors Committee on Choice in Dying, and served as Board Chair of The Hospice of the Florida $uncoast. Where did the phrase "choice in dying" come from? Well, there was an organization called the Euthanasia Society of America which changed its name to "Choice in Dying" which no longer exists - it merged into the "Partnership for Caring" which was founded by Ira Byock, MD. Mary Labyak is corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Partnership for Caring.


Terri Schiavo is not terminal. No doctor has ever said she was terminal. She is a vulnerable and disabled woman who is in great need of love, care and therapy. And she is clearly not in a coma, no matter how many bought doctors testify (after being paid thousands of dollars) that she is. The hospice under Mary Labyak's direction, and at George Felos' direction, has admitted Terri Schiavo into the hospice, even though hospice is licensed to care for terminally ill, not the disabled non-terminal!

For a few years now, she has been held captive in the hospice which is willing to compromise the rightful function of hospice as a place of caring for the dying ... and use hospice to kill the vulnerable and disabled! While under the law, a guardian may direct how a patient is to be treated, the hospice is not obligated to participate in Terri Schiavo's execution! And yet, that is exactly what this hospice is doing!

How did this situation arise? Hospice chairman of the board at the time, George Felos, is the attorney representing Michael Schiavo's efforts to kill Terri. When Michael Schiavo contacted Felos, George had just the place to kill Terri: his very own hospice! So, he stepped down from the board, temporarily of course, until the legal battle to kill Terri is over. After the legal battle, we're sure good old right-to-kill-patients-advocate George will be right back on the board. George is a student of Ira Byock, MD (a well known hospice physician) who advocates adding "aid in dying" (through terminal sedation) to the mix of "services" provided by hospices.

Has the Hospice Avoided the Appearance of a Conflict of Interests?

I guess the answer to that depends upon who you ask. We note that attorney George Felos is certainly not "unassociated" with the hospice and its board of directors. But did you know that Judge Greer, the judge in this case, was a Pinellas County commissioner for the county back in 1984 through 1992. Guess who also was a county commissioner from 1984 onwards? Hospice Board member Barbara Sheen Todd was elected Pinellas County commisioner back in 1980 and has served in public office since that time, being re-elected several times. It is certain that for the eight years Judge Greer was a county commissioner, he certainly knew hospice board of directors member Barbara Sheen Todd quite well.

What is the basis of Michael Schiavo's legal actions to have Terri killed in the hospice? In an interview for CNN TalkBack Live discussing the issue "Ending Life Support: Who Decides?" (aired 5/30/01) Michael stated that Terri said she wouldn't want to live this way (or see 1). Who are the other witnesses? "Testimony" from Michael's own brother and another in-law of Terri, that Terri "once said" she wouldn't want to live like this. In other words, there is not one blood-family member of Terri that is saying Terri would want to be killed given her condition. In fact, Terri's family states exactly the opposite, that Terri never said that and would want to live. Not only that; Terri's family states that Terri needs rehabilitation and is being deprived of the rehabilitation that would help her recover.

Is it hard to imagine why Michael Schiavo's own brother or sister would support his side of the story? Why is Michael Schiavo unwilling to even allow Terri to benefit from rehabilitation? It certainly wouldn't take long to prove the issue one way or the other: just give her the rehabilitation and see if she benefits. Why the fear of even trying? He certainly has the money; Terri was awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars specifically for her benefit, yet Michael won't allow it to be spent on rehabilitation.

Now Terri stays prisoner of this hospice. A decision affecting her fate lies in the hands of the courts, but it will be this hospice's staff under the leadership of Labyak that terminate her life, if the court allows it. It is likely they would use terminal sedation on her. Just "put her to sleep" like a dog. That's what this hospice is cooperating in doing. One of the leading proponents of terminal sedation, Dr. Byock attempts to straddle both sides of the fence: saying he is against physician-assisted suicide, but willing to terminally sedate people to death.

Byock is a big proponent of using "terminal sedation" to kill patients by sedating them into a coma and letting them dehydrate to death: the "peaceful hospice death" which disguises murder! Dr. Byock's double-talk on the issue of physician-assisted suicide is quite common among those who advocate killing off certain individuals in hospice. Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in Florida, so to get around it, they choose hospice and terminal sedation. But is there much of a difference between assisted someone to die, euthanizing them and terminal sedation of the vulnerable and helpless?

Of course, there is a valid use of terminal sedation, and that is to ease agitation or delirium in the terminally ill or used in conjunction with analgesics to treat severe uncontrolled pain. Any other use of terminal sedation to permanently sedate a patient and withhold food and water is intentional killing, plain and simple. Byock is not limiting the use of terminal sedation to cases where the patient is severely agitated, in delirium or has uncontrolled pain. And George Felos certainly is not. In Terri Schiavo's case, the deliberate withholding of food and water to cause death is advocated. Felos has a long history of fighting for the right to kill patients (oh, should we say "right to die?") Right-to-kill organization "Compassion in Dying" directly cites Felos' efforts to kill Terri as an act of "compassion."

"Felos ... was a founding member of the National Legal Advisors Committee on Choice in Dying, and served as Board Chair of The Hospice of the Florida $uncoast. Where did the phrase "choice in dying" come from? Well, there was an organization called the Euthanasia Society of America which changed its name to "Choice in Dying" which no longer exists - it merged into the "Partnership for Caring" which was founded by Ira Byock, MD. Mary Labyak is corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Partnership for Caring.

What really is the goal of these right-to-kill organizations? They advocate the right to kill the disabled (as in Terri's case), congenitally defective babies (such as Downs syndrome and other children), those with severe cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer's disease and others), and other unwanted vulnerable patients. One of their main spokesmen, Peter Singer of Princeton does not hesitate to state he wants to kill these people and that any child less than one month old is not a human person. That's how they get around the idea of their killing people: they deny that the person is a "person." If the patient is not a "person," then how can they be killed? ... or something along that circuitous and bankrupt path of logic.

The goal is not to only kill a patient in order to relieve their suffering due to extreme pain, since they admit that good palliative care can relieve the pain. No, they only try to legalize killing of patients by fooling the public into believing that relief of uncontrolled pain is their goal. But those who read their writings carefully see glimmers of truth that they can't hide: that they will do anything to achieve their goal, including lying and that their thoughts are very similar to the euthanasia project of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. They are not based in Christian, Jewish or even Islamic thought. Their philosophy is immoral and un-spiritually based, though they proclaim they are very "spiritually" motivated. They "know" which patients should be terminated, ... of course, always out of "compassion."

Now Felos only stepped down from being chairman of the board of the hospice "to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest!" What a joke! The conflict of interest is so obvious that it cannot be wiped away by stepping down. Those who know who he is and that he was chairman of the board are not fooled by these actions. However, he and this hospice try hard to avoid "even the appearance of wrongdoing," at least that is what they keep saying. It is obvious that the connections between the hospice and Felos are as strong as any possibly could be! Felos and this hospice appear to be doing much harm to Terri, much harm to the good name achieved by hospice as an industry and harm to those who support hospice!

The board of directors has known for the past few years that Terri is not terminal. They know that hospice is not supposed to kill patients. This board of directors knows that hospice is supposed to care for the dying as long as they live, and is not supposed to kill the vulnerable! They also know that board members could intervene directly to stop the hospice from participating in the conspiracy to kill Terri Schiavo. The board of directors has not acted to stop this perversion of all that hospice stands for! Each and every member of the board of directors has NOT acted to protect the hospice from being mis-used as a tool to kill. If any member of the board of directors truly felt strongly about this, he or she could have demanded a vote on the issue and demanded that the hospice not participate in this horrible crime against a vulnerable disabled woman.

If the board of directors voted against any particular board member who objected to the conspiracy to kill Terri, that board member could have resigned in protest. Yet, the board members have not resigned. They choose to stay, knowing the hospice is actively working with the guardian, Michael Schiavo, who is hell-bent on killing Terri Schiavo, using the money awarded to Terri for her care, in order to pay attorney's fees (to former, and soon to return, board member George Felos) to legally be able to kill her. What an incredible perversion of what hospice is about, what a guardian is supposed to do and what a husband should do! Terri is not in a coma. Terri is not in a persistent vegetative state. She is responsive and needs therapy.

Is this hospice doing all of this for free? Is the hospice getting paid to conspire to kill Terri Schiavo? We don't have the records, but normally hospices bill for their services to Medicare, Medicaid or another health care insurance company. It is safe to assume that the hospice is taking money to cooperate in this horrible conspiracy to kill the vulnerable and disabled. But who knows? They may care so much for the right-to-kill patients, that they are doing this conspiracy to kill Terri for free ... in order to set a precedent, so they can kill other patients!

Of course, they can falsely state that Terri is in a coma or whatever fabrication they wish to make up about her condition, but the truth is the truth. Terri has been videotaped responding to her parents. The hospice is careful not to release that video to the public. They don't want the public to know the truth! And if they succeed with Terri, then watch out! They can kill any other disabled person they choose to!

Now (12/02 through 3/03), the hospice is actively cooperating with the guardian in denying Terri needed medical care for an infection. If they can't kill her by withdrawing food and water (yet to be determined in the Appeals Court), they are trying to make an end-run around the law and kill her sooner by letting her go untreated for a respiratory infection ... possibly develop pneumonia and then die. Do you support this type of hospice? Is that where your donations should be going ... to a killer hospice? If you don't approve of the hospice actions, call them at: 727-586-4432 and let them know how you feel!

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Conflict of Interest Charged in Florida Euthanasia Case
By Jeff Johnson
CNSNews.com Congressional Bureau Chief
September 17, 2003

Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Supporters of Terri Schindler Schiavo, the 39-year-old disabled Florida woman whose husband is attempting to remove her feeding tube which would end her life, charged a possible conflict of interest in the case Tuesday, one day after the judge postponed a decision on therapy for the woman to help her re-learn to swallow nutrients given to her by mouth.

The group working to get therapy and rehabilitative services for Terri alleges an improper link between the husband's attorney, George Felos, and court-appointed physician Dr. Peter Bambakidis, who was charged with providing an impartial review of the medical evidence in the case. Felos refused to comment on the allegation.

"Supporters of Terri believe that attorney George Felos had a personal relationship with either the Bambakidis family or with Peter Bambakidis prior to Dr. Peter Bambakidis being assigned as an independent examining physician in April of 2002," said Pamela Hennessy, spokeswoman for the group.

Hennessy referred to marketing materials distributed by Felos in which he lists some of the professional and social organizations in which he holds membership.

"A member of the Florida Bar and Clearwater Bar Association, Felos served as a member of the Clearwater Bar Appellate Law Committee, as governor of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association (AHEPA), and as chair of numerous National Association of Securities Dealers arbitration panels," the document states.

AHEPA is a Greek fraternal organization that counts among its members Gust Bambakidis, chairman of the physics department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and the older brother of Peter Bambakidis.

The elder Bambakidis confirmed to CNSNews.com Tuesday that it was his brother, Peter, who testified in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case.

"He was down in Florida because he was, I think he was asked to be an expert witness in a case. I think that's what that was all about" Gust Bambakidis said.

Gust Bambakidis said his younger brother is not a member of AHEPA, which was confirmed by the group's national headquarters. The older brother also said that he does not know George Felos.

Peter Bambakidis did not return calls to his office seeking comment for this report.

Felos refuses to answer questions


Felos Tuesday refused to answer questions about his client's case or about any possible relationship with the Bambakidis family, saying CNSNews.com's coverage of the controversy was "atrociously biased so I'm just not going to participate in it."

"In one of your articles ... I was described, not by someone else, but by the author of the article as a 'euthanasia attorney,' or 'pro-euthanasia attorney,'" Felos claimed, "which is inaccurate. I don't support euthanasia, I never have, I've been very clear about my position."

Felos was unable to identify any article in which the alleged description of him occurred.

Of the 16 articles CNSNews.com has published regarding the Terri Schindler Schiavo case, only six have contained the word "euthanasia" and none have done so referring directly or indirectly to Felos.

He has been identified by CNSNews.com as "a noted author and advocate in Florida's so-called 'right to die' movement," and as "a well-known advocate of the so-called 'right-to-die'," along with variations of the phrase "Michael Schiavo's attorney."



Felos authored the book Litigation as Spiritual Practice, which includes in its promotion by Blue Dolphin Publishing the statement that "Attorney George Felos became the legal advocate of Estelle Browning's right-to-die and in the process plumbed the depths of death and dying and spearheaded a social revolution to enable death with dignity in the state of Florida."

Felos has been described as a "right-to-die lawyer" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Orlando Sentinel has described Felos as the author of "a book about his right-to-die advocacy."

Judge set to rule on removal of feeding tube, swallowing therapy

Pinellas-Pasco, Florida, Circuit Judge George Greer refused to hear the Schindler family's motion that Terri be given immediate therapy to help her re-learn to swallow food on her own, before her feeding tube (technically referred to as a "gastrostomy" or "g-tube") is removed. Greer told attorney Pat Anderson that the issue is still being considered as part of the decision about when the tube will be removed.

"He told litigating attorneys that he would deliver a ruling on the removal of Terri's feeding tube as well as the emergency motion for immediate therapy ... on Wednesday," Hennessy told CNSNews.com. "But he's not calling another hearing. It's assumed, at this stage, that he's going to deliver whatever ruling he has via facsimile or courier."

Terri Schindler Schiavo suffered a brain injury due to oxygen depravation in 1990 under questionable circumstances. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, first petitioned the court to remove her feeding tube in 1998 shortly after winning a $1.2 million medical malpractice lawsuit on his wife's behalf. Terri's parents and siblings are seeking therapy and rehabilitation for her based on claims by some medical professionals that she could partially recover with additional care.

Conflict of Interest Charged in Florida Euthanasia Case -- 09/17/2003

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Read Terri Schiavo's father's plea for appropriate medical attention for his daughter's respiratory infection to the hospice. Get more information from the Terri Schiavo Foundation.

Thank you Ron Panzer for keeping us up to date with Terri Schiavo!

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WATCH: Terri Schiavo Speaks with dad
http://www.apfn.org/Movies/ConversationWithTerri.wmv

Where Did All The Money Go?
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/money.pdf

Terri's Medical Fund is Being Used To Facilitate Her Death
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/terri_fund.htm

 

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