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Schiavo meeting proves fruitless

A meeting between attorneys in the case yields no progress.

By WILLIAM R. LEVESQUE, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 20, 2001


A meeting between attorneys in the case yields no progress.

CLEARWATER -- Attorneys for feuding relatives in the case of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo did not reach an agreement after a daylong mediation session Wednesday that they had hoped might end their bitter legal battle.

But attorneys said they remained hopeful and that talks might continue.

Attorneys for Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, and her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, met to see if they could come to terms about getting treatment for Mrs. Schiavo, who has spent the last 11 years in a persistent vegetative state.

Both sides refused to discuss details of the session aside from the joint release of a statement that said "some progress was made on some issues and the parties have agreed to continue working to a mutually satisfactory outcome."

Attorney Pat Anderson, who represents the Schindlers, said it is possible the sides will continue with mediation after the holidays. George Felos, representing Michael Schiavo, declined to comment.

A mediated settlement between Mrs. Schiavo's husband and her parents holds the possibility of ending a legal dispute that stems from the Feb. 25, 1990, heart attack that left Mrs. Schiavo in vegetative state.

Attorneys previously said that they would discuss whether the Schindlers will agree to end their legal fight to keep their daughter alive should the treatment prove fruitless.

Allowing treatment would be a major concession by Michael Schiavo, who has fought to take his wife off her feeding tube.

Several months ago, Felos told reporters that his client didn't want to subject his wife to "experimental quackery." But the Schindlers believe their daughter's idle brain cells might "wake up" if she is put into an oxygen chamber and given the right mix of drugs.

Wednesday's mediation session was held with Pinellas-Pasco Senior Judge Horace Andrews.

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