(Thursday, July 11, 2001)
RIGHT-TO-DIE CASE GETS MIXED VERDICT
Tampa, Fla. (AP) -- A woman whose husband and parents are battling over whether to let her die will be kept alive pending another hearing, a Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal delivered a mixed opinion in the case of Terri Schiavo, 37, who has been in a coma for more than 11 years after suffering a heart attack.
Michael Schiavo is seeking to disconnect his comatose wife from life support and let her die a natural death, while her parents want to keep her alive.
The appeals court returned the case to the Pinellas County judge who originally allowed Schiavo to disconnect his wife's feeding tube. The decision also allows Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, a hearing.
"We get a chance to go back and make our case to Judge Greer," said Pat Anderson, the Schindlers' attorney.
Terri Schiavo's feedings were stopped earlier this year after a lengthy court battle that ended with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy declining to accept the case.
Days later, her parents filed a new lawsuit accusing Michael Schiavo of lying about his wife's dying wishes because he wanted to collect her inheritance and marry another woman. The feeding tube was reconnected pending the outcome of the suit.