Terri Schiavo

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A woman who suffered an anoxic insult in 1990, fell into a persistent vegetative state and was kept alive for the next 15 years while her husband fought to have her removed from life support and her parents fought to maintain it
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A few bystanders to the Theresa Schiavo saga believed that such was the case with her when her proxy or the courts considered the question, "If she could communicate, what would she say, after being in a 'vegetative state' for more than twelve years, about whether her feeding through a gastrostomy tube should be stopped or continued?
Second, although it took the Theresa Schiavo case to wake me up to certain stark realities that I should have understood all along, I don't really want to argue the particular facts of that case with anybody; and I'm doubtful that I would change any minds about the subject were I to try.
on March 21, 2005, the feeding and hydration tubes had already been removed from Theresa Schiavo pursuant to the state court's order.
There is no doubt that Theresa Schiavo was an "individual with a disability" under the statute--her medical condition, which had left her unconscious for fifteen years, clearly constituted a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limit[ed]" her "major life activities.
This limited grant of jurisdiction initially prompted five claims by the parents of Theresa Schiavo claiming the violation of 14th Amendment, Due Process, Equal Protection and Freedom of Religion fights.
Even under these difficult and time strained circumstances, however, and notwithstanding Congress' expressed interest in the welfare of Theresa Schiavo, this court is constrained to apply the law to the issues before it.
Esas personas son quienes lamentan las decisiones de Ramon Sampedro de morir dignamente y la peticion de Michael Schiavo de dejar morir a Theresa Schiavo, ya que les parece un acto que atenta contra lo mas preciado: la vida humana.
72) Under intense media attention, all judicial and legislative remedies were eventually exhausted, and Theresa Schiavo died in March of 2005.
In cases like that of Theresa Schiavo, when no advanced directive existed, the continuance of feeding tubes to profoundly mentally disabled patients who cannot feed themselves should be evaluated under a "best interests" calculus that weighs the benefits and burdens of the particular treatment to the patient under the particular medical circumstances.
The issue leads with a special set of essays on the case-turned-cultural-conflict of Theresa Schiavo, which though it looked simple to many, in fact involved some difficult and complex questions.
With Theresa Schiavo, the transformational element reached a fever pitch.
As the report notes, "Given the history of this case, [the testing] would not, in and of itself, assure a resolution, and is not, therefore, deemed either feasible or of value to Theresa Schiavo without prior agreement.