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Judge Won’t Allow Feeding Tube Removal

December 13, 2002

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ A woman who has been in a coma-like state for over a decade will continue to have a feeding tube until an appellate court decides her case, a judge ruled Friday.

Circuit Judge George Greer stayed his Nov. 22 ruling that Terri Schiavo’s husband could have her feeding tube removed Jan. 3, saying she must be kept alive until the 2nd District Court of Appeal reviews the case.

Schiavo’s husband and guardian, Michael, says his wife is in an irreversible vegetative state and would not want to be kept on life support.

But her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, want the feeding tube kept in place. They say their daughter reacts to them with tears and smiles and moves her head, and they believe she could be rehabilitated with new and aggressive therapy.

Schiavo, 38, suffered a heart attack in 1990 that temporarily cut off oxygen to her brain. She has been under medical care since then and is now in a hospice.

Her feeding tube was removed for two days last year on an earlier order from Greer, but another judge ordered it reconnected. Greer reheard the evidence earlier this year.


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