Brain Damaged Woman

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A Florida appeals court has cleared the way for the husband of a severely brain-damaged woman to remove the feeding tube which has been keeping her alive for 15 years.

The Second District Court of Appeal offered no specific instructions in a one-page mandate issued in the case of Terri Schiavo. That means Michael Schiavo could order his wife's tube removed within hours of the appeals court action which ended the last judicial stay blocking the tube's removal.

Terri Schiavo's parents Bob and Mary Schindler were seeking an emergency stay from a Pinellas County judge in hopes of keeping their daughter alive long enough for them to file additional legal pleadings in the case. It would likely take several days for Terri Schiavo to die if the tube is pulled.