UPDATE: Terri Schiavo's autopsy report is available here via Blogs For Terri.
UPDATE #2: Regarding the diagnosis of persistent vegetative state, Terri's brain, and who she died, the report says,
5. Was Mrs. Schiavo in a persistent vegetative state (PVS)? (See attached neuropathology report)
PVS is a clinical diagnoses arrived at through physical examination of living patients. Postmortem correlations to PVS with reported pathologic findings have been reported in the literature, but the findings vary with the etiology of the adverse neurological event.
6. What diagnoses can be made in regards to the brain of Mrs. Schiavo? (See attached neuropathology report)
Mrs. Schiavo's brain showed marked global anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy resulting in massive cerebral atrophy. Her brain weight was approximately half of the expected weight. Of particular importance was the hypoxic damage and neuronal loss in her occipital lobes, which indicates cortical blindness. Her remaining brain regions also show sever hypoxic injury and neuronal atrophy/loss. No areas of recent or remote traumatic injury were found.
7. By what mechanism did Theresa Schiavo die?
Postmortem findings, including the state of the body and laboratory testing, show that she died of marked dehydration (a direct complication of the electrolyte disturbance brought about by the lack of hydration). The state of her fatty tissue and laboratory findings indicate that she did not starve to death.
Stephen Nelson, the Chief Medical Examiner of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida, who participated with Dr. Jon Thogmartin in Terri's autospy ends his letter to Dr. Thogmartin by stating, "Neuropathologic examiniation alone of the decedent's brain - or any brain, for that matter - cannot prove or disprove a diagnosis of persistent vegetative state or minimally conscious state."
Did Terri feel pain?
According to the report, Terri Schiavo was given morphine on March 19 and March 26. No morphine was found in her body by the toxicology report. The report also notes that "Acetaminophen was detected in her postmortem blood samples at what would be considered therapeutic levels."