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Tampa Woman Won’t Have Feedings Cut

ASSOCIATED PRESS (May 9, 2001)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The woman whose husband and parents are battling over whether she should be allowed to die will continue to be fed through a tube for weeks under an order issued Wednesday by an appeals court.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal did not make a decision in the case of Terri Schiavo, but set a June 25 hearing date for arguments.

That means Terri Schiavo’s feedings and hydration through a tube will continue, said Joe Magri, an attorney for her parents. Terri Schiavo has been in a coma for 11 years after suffering a heart attack.

Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael is seeking to allow his wife to die, saying she is brain dead and never wanted to be kept alive artificially.

However, Robert and Mary Schindler think their 37-year-old daughter never had such a wish and could possibly recover some brain functions.

Michael Schiavo was granted final court approval to stop his wife’s feedings last month and did so. Less than three days later, a judge ordered the feedings resumed after her parents filed a lawsuit accusing their son-in-law of lying about his wife’s wishes so he could inherit her money.

George Felos, Michael Schiavo’s attorney, could not be immediately reached for comment on the appeals court schedule.

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