'He Doesn't Want the Truth To Be Known'

J$P Instant Transcript! A nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo points an incriminating finger at the husband. Updated! Link to video.

From Fox & Friends, March 22 2005:

E.D. HILL [FOX NEWS]: So the feeding tube hasn't been reinserted, and that makes our next guest even more interesting to talk to. Because she's a registered nurse in Florida. She actually cared for Terri for more than a year between '95 and 1996, and she says that Terri was alert, aware, and that Terri talked when she was in her care.

STEVE DOOCY [FOX NEWS]: Joining us right now we have Carla Sauer Iyer. Good morning to you, Carla.

CARLA SAUER IYER: Good morning.

DOOCY: All right, we've heard so much from Terri Schiavo's husband Michael that Terri is in a persistent vegetative state, she doesn't know what's going on. But you have a different story. Tell us.

IYER: Yes, I took care of Terri, Palm Garden of Largo, in Largo Florida, from April of '95 to August of 1996. She would interact with staff. Her cognitive abilities included laughing, talking, letting you know she was in pain.

HILL: What do you mean by talking? We were discussing this with Dr Baden earlier and he said that what she suffered was the type of brain damage where she, the lower part of her brain would do things that were instinctive, such as grasping a finger or eyes moving around. But that higher part of the brain really couldn't function. When she talked, when you say that, what do you mean by that?

IYER: She would say such things as "Mommy", "Help me", "Hi". She would say the word "pain". She would not say the letter "n" very well, but she would let you know that she was having pain regarding her monthly menses. They talk about reflexes. Well, she had accurate reflexes on commands.

DOOCY: Well Carla, this story is much different from anything we have heard from anybody else. Why isn't Michael Schiavo telling people this?

IYER: I believe he wants her to die. He doesn't want the truth to be known.

DOOCY: And in fact Carla, let's talk a little bit, you were at the nursing home for a while. And you got into a disagreement, and it had to do with Michael and an accusation regarding him injecting her with insulin. Please tell me that story because I had not heard it before and it is so important.

IYER: After Michael left. He closed the door--

DOOCY: One day he came to visit, and then he left, and then you went in and saw her.

IYER: Yes. Michael was in Terri's room for about 20 minutes, with the door shut. After Michael left, Terri was sweating profusely, lethargic, crying hysterically. I did check her sugar on the glucometer, and it was not reading any number. It was reading low.

HILL: And when you, did you find something in the trash can?

IYER: Yes, I saw a vial of regular insulin, concealed in the trash bin.

HILL: And did you notice any injection marks on her, and if so, did you confront Michael or tell your supervisors?

IYER: Yes. There was needle marks underneath her breast, underneath her arms, and her groin. I did talk to the Director of Nursing and the administrator, and I did go to the police.

DOOCY: Carla, what would a shot of insulin do to her?

IYER: It would put you into a hypoglycemic state, into a coma, and then death.

HILL: It's amazing information. When you went to your supervisors, how did they react? What did they do with that information?

IYER: They said they would call the DCF. I told them I'd gone to the police. They were very upset about that. They called me into the office the next day, and they terminated me.

DOOCY: In your prior experience with Michael Schiavo, would you say he was a caring husband for Terri?

IYER: No, absolutely not. There was rehab ordered for Terri. He made sure no rehab, no speech therapy, no occupational therapy, were being done for Terri. I put a washcloth in Terri's hand, he would be upset and stated, "That's therapy. Take that washcloth out."

DOOCY: And Carla, I read one other report that another nurse apparently had fed her some food at several points, and then he found out about it, and--well, it all hit the fan.

IYER: That's correct. We were feeding her with a baby bottle. She was taking thickened liquids, puddings, jellos. And she was not aspirating. She really enjoyed that.

DOOCY: And then when he found out that you were feeding her by mouth, and not be a feeding tube, what did he say?

IYER: He was going to get us fired.

HILL: Now, your information has been given in an affidavit in that county. Do you think that this information has been given to the proper authorities? I know you said that you talked to the police about it. But was it taken into consideration when the judges have been making determinations?

IYER: I don't believe so. I think a gag order has been put on all positive things that Terri has done.

DOOCY: Carla, why are you coming forward at this time to tell your story?

IYER: To let the truth be known. To let the public know. I was one of the very few people that are able to see Terri. I heard her talk, communicate with staff. We would have her sit at the nurses' station, and she would interact with all the visitors. I'd like the public to know the truth.

DOOCY: And you'd like to see her again, wouldn't you?

IYER: Oh yes, I would love to. I want everyone to see Terri.

HILL: Finally, did her husband ever ask you in any particular way about his wife's condition, inquire as to how she was doing, what her state was, whether she was getting better, getting worse? Do you have any firsthand knowledge of that?

IYER: Yes. When Terri was having a UTI, urinary tract infection, he would be excited, thrilled even, that she would die soon.

HILL: What makes you think that he was hoping that?

IYER: He would blurt out in the staff, "When is she going to die? When is that bitch going to die? Hasn't she died yet?"

DOOCY: What a story. We thank you Carla for sharing it with us.

IYER: You're welcome.

DOOCY: Former nurse for Terri Schiavo, joining us live from Tampa Florida. Fox News exclusive. By the way, we did call and invite Michael Schiavo to respond, and he declined.

Update: Watch the video of this segment here. And here.

posted: Tue - March 22, 2005 at 11:26 AM       j$p  send 

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March 22, 2005, 7:02:01 AM EST – Like

In Carla's sworn affidavit, she makes all sorts of unsubstantiated claims including an attempted murder, and then says:
"... but I don't have any way of knowing for sure."
The only way this woman is credible is to buy into a conspiracy theory that makes all of the nursing home staff and several doctors complicit in attempted murder.
My only questions is when will Carla's book be published, and which NewsCorp. publishing company will be paying her the big advance?
March 23, 2005, 2:51:09 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
It's not necessarily a grand conspiracy theory. It could be that they just didn't believe her, for whatever reason.
Her accusations seem a bit far-fetched, but she says she reported this to the police before she was terminated. How hard can that be to check? If there's no police report, her credibility takes a nosedive. If there is a police report on file, there is contemporaneous collaboration. As I said, how hard can it be to check?
March 23, 2005, 3:22:33 PM EST – Like – Reply

Johnny: I see you attracted a News Hound Kool-aid drinker!
BTW, two more nurses have come forward today with similar allegations. Gee, News Corp may soon have a rash of potential bestsellers!
Seems like the Libs had no trouble with the late entry of Anita Hill into the Clarence Thomas hearings!
March 23, 2005, 7:25:30 PM EST – Like – Reply

Mike Porcelli
Anybody have a link to the police report or some other proof of this? It would certainly change a lot of people's minds......
March 24, 2005, 7:52:16 PM EST – Like – Reply

johnny dollar
O'Reilly tonight says they tried to get some info from the sheriff's office down there and they pretty much just hung up on them. Odd.
March 24, 2005, 10:24:59 PM EST – Like – Reply