Terry Schiavo’s case

In 1990 Terri Schiavo collapsed at home and oxygen was cut off to her brain for several minutes. Michael Schiavo, her husband, began requesting in 1995 tha she legally be allowed to die.

He believed she would never emerge from her comatose state — as did every doctor who examined her. He did not want her to live in a permanent vegetative state, unconscious, unresponsive and unable to interact with the world since he felt that she would not want to be in that condition.

Terri’s parents and brother disagreed. They still believe to this day that she would have wanted to live, that her husband did not have her interests at heart and that they were unfairly pushed aside in their effort to save her life. What began a private dispute moved from Florida circuit courts to district courts to state courts to federal courts, to Congress, to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2005 the court clears the way for Michael Schiavo to remove Terri’s feeding tube…


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