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Terri Schiavo: 15 years of questions and uncertainty
Terri Schiavo
In February 1990, cardiac arrest deprived Terri Schiavo of oxygen to her brain for five minutes - five minutes that have led to years of emotional distress and legal battles. There was initial hope for recovery, but there came a point at which the views of Terri's future diverged. In 1998, her husband, Michael Schiavo, filed the first petition to remove Terri's feeding tube and allow her to die. Since then, Terri's future has been fought over in the courts until a judge once again ordered the feeding tube removed Oct. 15, 2003. Legal avenues exhausted, Bob and Mary Schindler, Terri's parents, turned to the Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and then to the Florida legislature, which passed a bill allowing the governor to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted.

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Profiles of protest: a photo gallery
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Go to gallery with audio (March 23, 2005)
Supreme Court ruling PDF file (March 24, 2005)
Circuit Court ruling PDF file (March 23, 2005)
Circuit Court ruling PDF file (March 23, 2005)
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Letters to the Editor (Oct. 23, 2003)

Letters to the Editor (Oct. 29, 2003)

The lost lesson of Terri Schiavo
In November 1992, a jury in Clearwater returned a verdict in favor of Terri and Michael Schiavo for more than $6.8-million.

How the story began
Here are some highlights from the Times when the Terri Schiavo story came into focus.

Jan. 25, 2000
Deciding the fate of Terri
When Michael Schiavo decided to take his comatose wife off life support, her parents saw things differently.

Jan. 26, 2000
Parents say comatose daughter understands
Their daughter, in a coma for 10 years, "knows who I am," her mother testifies.

Jan. 27, 2000
Husband once offered to give up $700,000
But parents of a woman in a coma refused to remove her feeding tube in return for the gift to charity.

Jan. 28, 2000
Family says marriage unhappy before coma
As Terri Schiavo lay in a coma, her family and friends testified in court this week that she had grown frustrated with her husband in the months before her 1990 accident and considered divorce.

Jan. 30, 2000
Mary Jo Melone:
The doubts shaping life, death decision
Terri Schiavo's story is terrible to contemplate.
A family divided
It was Valentine's Day 1993, and Michael Schiavo planned on an evening of dinner and dancing with his in-laws.

Feb. 11, 2000
Motion seeks say in fate of woman
A group of doctors, lawyers and other professionals want a judge to allow a 36-year-old St. Petersburg woman with brain damage to continue being fed through a tube despite her husband's request to let her die.
Judge rejects intervention of group in Schiavo case
Pinellas Circuit Judge George Greer will not allow a group of doctors, lawyers and other professionals to intervene in the case of a St. Petersburg woman with brain damage whose family is divided on whether to remove her feeding tube.

Feb. 12, 2000
Judge: Schiavo's life can end
Her shocked parents plan to appeal the decision allowing the removal of her feeding tube. The judge, like her husband, says that is what she would have wanted.

March 29, 2000
Schiavo's parents file appeal to keep her alive
The parents of a woman whose right-to-die case has drawn national publicity filed an appeal Tuesday to keep her alive.

April 26, 2000
Parents oppose care at hospice
The parents of Terri Schiavo argue that a nursing home would be better for her.

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House votes to save Schiavo
The Florida House passes a measure that gives Gov. Bush power to issue a "one-time stay.'' Senate takes it up today.

Oct. 18, 2003
Effort to intervene for Schiavo falls short
A judge won't compel the governor to get involved, leaving Terri Schiavo's parents with no apparent place to turn.

Oct. 17, 2003
Schiavo's supporters push Bush to intervene
The governor says he's troubled by the brain-damaged woman's situation, but it's unclear if he has the legal right to get involved.

Oct. 16, 2003
Battles end with quiet removal of feeding tube
Terri Schiavo's parents hope for the governor's intervention, but barring that, she will die in weeks.

Oct. 15, 2003
Schiavo's family ends legal fight
An attorney for Terri Schiavo's parents says they are out of options and must face the removal of her feeding tube today. "It's in other hands now."

Oct. 11, 2003
Decision increases deadline urgency
A federal judge won't block the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. Her parents will fight as Wednesday draws near.

Sept. 29, 2003
Feeding tube case inflames emotions
As the date gets closer for disconnecting Terri Schiavo, testy messages are reaching those associated with the case.

Sept. 18, 2003
Judge sets new date to remove food tube
Terri Schiavo would die a week or two after Oct. 15. Her parents vow to keep fighting in a case that has raged for nearly six years.

Sept. 16, 2003
Schiavo parents request delay
The family thinks speech therapy will increase Terri Schiavo's chances of surviving without a feeding tube

Sept. 3, 2003
Schiavo's parents rebuffed by judge
A federal judge tells Terri Schiavo's mother and father to refile for a restraining order to keep her on a feeding tube.

Aug. 27, 2003
Bush weighs in on Schiavo
How about a guardian for the brain-damaged woman? The judge in the right-to-die case respectfully declines.

Aug. 22, 2003
Schiavo's parents ask for priest's visits
CLEARWATER - The parents of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo asked a judge Thursday to force the woman's husband to allow a priest at her bedside.

June 7, 2003
Appeals court again rejects pleas to save woman
Terri Schiavo's parents once again are left to ponder a new strategy in the quest to keep their daughter from having her feeding tube removed.

Nov. 23, 2002
Judge: Schiavo can't recover
The brain-damaged woman's feeding tube will be removed Jan. 3, the ruling states. Her parents vow to appeal the decision.

Nov. 13, 2002
Attorney claims a beating may have caused Schiavo's coma
An attorney for the husband of Terri Schiavo calls the allegations "garbage."

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