Don’t Give Up, Mel Gibson Tells Schiavo’s Parents

CLEARWATER, Florida, MARCH 14, 2005 ( Actor-director Mel Gibson, in a telephone conversation with Terri Schiavo’s father, Bob Schindler, encouraged the Schindler family to “never give up and continue to pray.”

Shortly after the telephone conversation Friday, Gibson sent a fax to the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation with a statement to be read at a rally for the brain-damaged woman whose husband is battling to take her off life-support.

According to the Christian Communication Network, Gibson’s statement said: “I fully support the efforts of Mr. & Mrs. Schindler to save their daughter, Terri Schiavo, from a cruel starvation. Terri’s husband should sign the care of his wife over to her parents so she can be properly cared for.”

Bob Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s father, said: “We are very grateful that Mr. Gibson has come forward and issued such an encouraging statement on such a delicate matter. … He said we should never give up and continue to pray, to hammer God with prayers and hammer him hard.”