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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo dead

Miami Herald:

Few people know with certainty whether Terri Schiavo would have wanted to die or to prolong her life. But finally, at least for her, the question is moot. The nation and the world tracked Schiavo as her life ebbed after the fiercely disputed removal of her lifeline: a feeding tube. It nourished her for 15 years, ever since a crippling heart attack struck when she was far too young, robbing her brain of oxygen, leaving her immobilized and unable to feed herself, speak, or, courts concluded, think. In the end, the massive brain damage Terri suffered at the age of 26 was just one of the tragedies of her life. How it ended up tearing apart her family was another. To the very end, Bob and Mary Schindler fought desperately to keep her alive, and exhausted every legal remedy. Their bitter rival, always, was Terri's first great and only love, her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, who never wavered from his insistence that she never wanted to live that way.
RIP Terri.


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