Official: No Signs Of Abuse

Official: Schiavo autopsy shows now sign of abuse

Terri Schiavo did not suffer any trauma prior to her 1990 collapse -- and her brain was about half of normal size when she died. Those are among the findings of an autopsy.

Medical examiner Jon Thogmartin concluded that there was no evidence of strangulation or other trauma leading to the Florida woman's 1990 collapse. He also said she did not appear to have suffered a heart attack. Thogmartin told reporters in Largo, Florida, that Schiavo died March 31st of dehydration, not starvation, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed.

Testimony in a 1992 civil trial indicated that Schiavo probably was suffering from an eating disorder that led to a severe chemical imbalance and a heart attack. But Thogmartin said today it was unlikely her low potassium level was caused by an eating disorder. Asked whether the exact cause of her 1990 collapse will ever be known, Thogmartin replied: "I don't know."