Terri Schiavo, the now famous, brain-disabled daughter of Robert and Mary Schindler, is "very much alive and responsive," according to the attorneys of Schiavo's parents.
The Schindler's were allowed a rare visit Christmas Eve; they were accompanied by their new attorneys, David Gibbs III and Barbara Weller. Gibbs and Weller, of Gibbs Law Firm in Seminole, FL, took on the role of lead counsel for the Schindlers in September of 2004.
The Christmas Eve visit was the first time either of the attorneys had been able to see Terri since taking the case. They made the visit with Terri's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, and members of her immediate family.
Counsel was able to personally verify the fact that Terri is not in a coma or even in a comatose state. She was purposefully interactive, curious and expressive with her parents during the entire 45-minute visit. Mrs. Weller wrote a moving narrative describing in detail her reactions and observations during this visit.
"When she heard their voices, and particularly her mother's voice, Terri instantly turned her head towards them and smiled," Weller said. "Terri established eye contact with her family, particularly with her mother, who spent the most time with her during our visit. It was obvious that she recognized the voices in the room with the exception of one."