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Judge To Hold Coma Woman Hearing

April 26, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ A judge agreed Thursday to hold a hearing on whether to place a comatose woman back on life support, two days after her husband won legal permission to take her off a feeding machine.

The hearing before Circuit Judge Frank Quesada was scheduled for Thursday night.

Terri Schiavo, 37, has not received the liquid nutritional supplement that has kept her alive during her 11-year coma since Tuesday morning. Her parents’ attorneys said her death is imminent.

Bob and Mary Schindler sued their son-in-law, Michael Schiavo, alleging that he has lied in court so he can end his wife’s life and collect her money. The Schindlers asked Quesada to grant a preliminary injunction that would allow Terri Schiavo’s feedings to resume.

``Mr. Schiavo has engaged in a course of conduct so he can kill his wife and inherit her estate,″ said Pat Anderson, the Schindlers’ attorney.

Michael Schiavo, who stands to inherit $700,000 from his wife’s medical malpractice trust fund if she dies, has denied the allegations. He has said he is carrying out wishes his wife expressed long before a heart attack caused her severe brain damage.

The lawsuit alleges that Michael Schiavo lied about his wife’s wishes during a 1992 medical malpractice trial after which the couple was awarded more than $1 million.

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