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Full Rigor: “The Dance of the Feeding Tube,” the Terri Shiavo story

Patrick Mahoney
The Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, remembers Terri Schiavo, Friday, March 31, 2006, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. Terri Schiavo died March 31, 2005, at age 41 in a Florida hospice, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, fought her husband, Michael Schiavo, in court for seven years to keep him from cutting off artificial feeding so she could die. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

(ST. PETERSBURG, FLA) — In 1990, 26-year-old Terri Schiavo’s heart stopped and she collapsed in her Florida home. She was revived but suffered brain damage. What followed was 15 years of “the dance of the feeding tube.” Her parents wanted to keep her alive, her husband believed her wish would be to die.

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