Saturday, March 26, 2005
Florida Circuit Probate Judge rejects Schiavo parents' claim she spoke
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A state judge on Saturday rejected another attempt by Terri Schiavo's parents to reconnect her feeding tube, rejecting what the couple's lawyer described as their last chance to keep their severely brain-damaged daughter alive.
Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer denied the parents' motion to order the reinsertion of the tube. Bob and Mary Schindler claimed their daughter tried to say "I want to live" when her tube was removed on Greer's order March 18.
Her husband, Michael Schiavo, and his doctors have said that her utterances weren't speech and just involuntary moans. He argues that she has no hope of recovery, something disputed by her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.
The Schindlers are still holding out hope for an unlikely intervention by Gov. Jeb Bush, who has said he has done everything in his power to take custody of Schiavo.
As of Saturday afternoon, Schiavo had been without food or water for eight full days, and doctors have said she would probably die within a week or two of her feeding tube being pulled.
Her lawyers, however, have said Schiavo — whose dehydrated body has begun to shut down — may not survive the weekend.
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