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Terri Schiavo 1963-2005: A long, public death
 
In the beginning
On Feb. 25, 1990, Terri collapsed from an apparent cardiac arrest. She was deprived of oxygen for five minutes, suffering the brain damage that left her in what the courts later ruled was a persistent vegetative state. She was 26 years old. In this photograph and the next, taken in November 1990, her husband is by her bedside at College Harbor Nursing Home.

[Times photo: Joe Walles]

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