My sympathies to the Schmanski family. Shortly after Tori's accident my daughter
and I attended the "Dance Attack" convention. We were touched by Tori's story
(bought a "Pray for Tori" bracelet - which my daughter still has. We have
thought of her, and her family many times over the years. As sad as the news was
to hear of her passing, it is a sweet thought to imagine her dancing in the
heavens. Our prayers are with you.
As a mother of a daughter who sustained a traumatic brain injury as the result
of a car accident I can certainly understand the aching of love and the
weariness of work. I feel for this family. They are an example of great
service and unconditional love. Our family did not have have to endure as much
as they have... and every time I read of others' trials.... I am even more
thankful for my own.I pray that God will send them the comfort they so
To: "I too am sorry" 1:46: Perhaps you have not noticed, but in this culture
most people subscribe to the belief that "Where there is life, there is hope."
And in this case hope to resume life was lost with Tori's final breath. But for
them HOPE is NOT lost in seeing, and being with Tori again. Hat's off to all
parents and family members who find themselves in similar situations.
Tori was not in a vegetative state. Go on her website and read through the four
years of progress. Tori could breathe on her own. Tori could chew and swallow
soft food on her own. She could answer yes or no questions with her hands and
eyes. She could see and she could focus her eyes. She could show emotion such as
crying and a semblance of a smile. Her parents did everything they could for
her. They treated her with respect and dignity.
My sincere condolences to the entire Schmanski family. IMO, these loving
parents are a shining example of selfless love and devotion. Their (and their
family's) sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. I am happy that they have
assurance that they will be reunited with Tori one day and find her whole and
vibrant once again. I am sure that Tori will express to them her gratitude for
their unselfish love and care of her in her time of need. What a reunion that
will be! God bless.
what do you mean, "what good could have been done with that money instead.." if
she were my child i would fight with her and for her no matter what the cost.
this isnt about a checkbook, it is a life and they loved her just as a parent
should. they are what people are supposed to be - selfless.
for this girl and her family. Unfortunately she was not responsive for several
years. Just think of the costs incurred to keep her in that state for so long.
Just think what good could have been done with that money instead. I hope she
was an organ donor...
i also took care of my angel daughter jeanine johnson for over two years.. i am
so proud of toris family for the care they gave tori..it is heart breaking for a
parent when they can not heal their child....my heart goes out to you..my you
find peace in your heart..be proud...our angels are dancing...fly high sweet
tori...love always lori and angel jeanine...
Antibiotics do nothing for a viral infection. Antibiotics treat a bacterial
I totally agree with sick people going to church. We would go to church
healthy on Sunday and during the week battle illnesses just to repeat it the
next week. We had one son get pneumonia twice with hospitilization and many
many Drs. visits because people would not stay home when they are sick. Finally
when I told one Mom that it would be best to have her kids stay home when they
are sick she said it sounds like you are stressed out. Really!It's okay
to stay home, sleep and take it easy. We don't know what someone else is going
through.I hope you can feel all the love and support and prayers that
people are sending you. Tori is a beautiful young woman and your family,
friends and community should know they really made such a difference.
What an absolutely beautiful girl and what wonderful parents. I was very touched
by this story, it really puts in to perspective what is truely important in life
and what is just small stuff. My prayers are with this precious family and their
I see where you're coming from, MoJules...but sometimes it's not an option to
stay home when all you have is a cough. Or maybe just allergies, etc. At least
the woman was using a tissue. I've seen servers in restaurants cough without
even covering their mouths. What can you do?I remember reading
about Tory and her family a couple years ago, and marveling at what great
lengths they went to to keep her alive. Our prayers for them.
story until this article. It would have been nice to have had follow up
articles after her accident. I typically do not read accident articles, but
this would have been one for which we could have sent our financial support, had
Your caring is evident, She is a beautiful girl. You may want to know that
antibiotics do not treat viruses. It's the reason doctors don't give us
antibiotics for every sore throat anymore. I know they test my kids for strep
or something that antibiotics do help. If we have a virus we just wait it out.
What a beautiful story and a beautiful girl. I hope that the family does not
mind me using this place to voice some thoughts about contagious illnesses. My
husband has a disease that has affected his lungs, he has 60% lung capacity. If
he is in contact with something, like Tori, he may not be able to fight it off
like many of us can. This last Sunday, I just cringed in church as I heard
constant coughing and a gal sitting a few feet from my husband was sneezing and
had a red nose and was coughing in her tissue. All through church I kept
thinking, I hope he doesn't pick up something from church. He has, now I hope
that it won't cause to much damage. He had the one flu shot, has had the
pnomonia shot, but not the H1N1. So people, stay home if you are sick.
I was unfamiliar with Tori's story until this article. This story touched me
deeply. Thank goodness for good supportive families.
Caring for a disabled person or even elderly person is the hardest challenge on
earth. That these parents did that, and even went above and beyond by taking her
to China, makes them angels. When we are judged on the other side, those who
cared for the most needy, will be the most revered.
What a great battle she had. Could her infection have been treated with
antibiotics? I know it is a tough decision that no one wants to have to make.
Perhaps it was simply her time to go.