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Essay about The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Case

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The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Case Presentation of the Case Terri Schindler-Schiavo spent 13 years in a coma, attached to feeding tubes and not able to communicate. On February 25, 1990, Terri Schiavo collapsed in her home. While the actual circumstances that led to her collapse are insecure, doctors consider that a potassium imbalance caused her heart to stop, temporarily cutting off oxygen to her brain (Associated Press April 30, 2001). Terri fell into a coma and has been hospitalized and ultimately put on a feeding tube to offer hydration and nutrition. According to the physicians attending to Terri in 2001, death would occur within one to two weeks of removal of the equipment that is providing hydration and food for her (St. Petersburg Times, 7 March 2001, sec. 3B). After a protracted hospitalization, Michael Schiavo, Terri’s husband, filed a request to have the feeding tube removed in May of 1998. Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri’s parents, subsequently filed suit to have Michael Schiavo removed as Terri’s guardian ad litem, and also to stop the feeding tube from being removed. Substantial legal battles ensued that raised concerns regarding whether Terri would ever recover, that has the right to speak on her behalf, whether therapy could be suspended, and what constitutes treatment. A lower court judge ordered on February 11, 2000 the feeding tube may be removed. Both the Florida Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court refuse to intervene, allowing the lower court ruling to stand. However, On April 26, 2001, '' Circuit Judge Frank Quesada orders doctors to reinsert Terri’s feeding tube after her parents filed motions alleging that false testimony had been provided at the reduced court hearing. During a hearing beginning October 17, 2001...

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