Terri Schiavo’s family’s quest to head off the court-ordered starvation set to begin Friday at 1:00 p.m is out of judicial options.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A state appeals court Wednesday refused to block the removal of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube later this week in the long-running right-to-die battle between the woman’s husband and her parents.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland turned down a request from Bob and Mary Schindler for a delay while they pursue further appeals, and for a new trial on their daughter’s fate.
Schiavo, 41, suffered severe brain damage in 1990 when her heart stopped beating, and court-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state.
Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has said she told him she would not want to be kept alive artificially. Her parents dispute that, and say she could get better.Terri’s husband Michael Schiavo recently turned down a $1 million offer to let his wife’s parents decide her medical treatment.
The Florida Legislature and Congress are both moving through bills that would block the feeding tube removal, but the court has already struck down Terri’s Law in Florida which rescued her from an earlier death-by-starvation order.