Comatose Florida Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Terri Schiavo's (SHY'-voh) husband has the power to designate who can see his brain-damaged wife -- and he's reportedly exercising that right.

Michael Schiavo has been in a legal battle in Florida with his wife's parents over whether she should be allowed to die.

Schiavo says his wife never wanted to be kept alive artificially, and doctors have said she's in a vegetative state. But her parents say she has enough ability left to laugh, cry and react to them.

Her feeding tube was removed last week, but she's now being given fluids again after Florida lawmakers passed legislation aimed at keeping her alive.

Lawyers for Terri Schiavo's family say her brother was turned away last night when he tried to see his sister. A member of the family's legal team says they were told the woman can have no visitors -- because her husband won't allow it.

No comment yet from the husband's lawyer. Hospital officials aren't commenting on his wife's condition.

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