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No date set for Schiavo tube to be removed

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 12, 2003

CLEARWATER - A judge won't set a date on removing brain-damaged Terri Schiavo's feeding tube until perhaps the middle of next week.

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge George Greer heard arguments for three hours Thursday about setting the date.

An attorney for Michael Schiavo, Mrs. Schiavo's husband, asked Greer to order the feeding tube pulled at 5 p.m. Thursday.

"There is no reason under the law or under the facts for the court to delay any further its ... duty," attorney George Felos said.

Greer didn't indicate what he intends to do and simply put off the ruling.

Attorney Pat Anderson, representing Bob and Mary Schindler, Mrs. Schiavo's parents, asked for an indefinite delay so speech therapists can investigate whether rehabilitation would allow Mrs. Schiavo to regain some speech and the ability to eat without a feeding tube.

"She has been treated as if she's already dead," Anderson said. "She's never had a chance to get better."

Mrs. Schiavo collapsed in 1990 after her heart stopped due to what doctors believe was a potassium imbalance. Her husband filed a petition to remove her feeding tube in 1998. The Schindlers have tried to block Michael Schiavo's efforts to end his wife's life.

- Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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