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Brain Damaged Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A feeding tube is again providing nourishment for Terri Schiavo, but her parents' attorney says she's looking a bit gaunt in the wake of her move back to a hospital.

Schiavo's feeding tube was replaced yesterday at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. She was taken there after Gov. Jeb Bush ordered her kept alive. Husband Michael Schiavo's attorney complains the woman was "abducted from her deathbed" and being mistreated by attempts to keep her alive.

Meanwhile, legal scholars predict Bush's intervention will be ruled unconstitutional. The case is one of the nation's longest and most contentious right-to-die cases.

Terri Schiavo has been in a what doctors call a "persistent vegetative state" and on a feeding tube since 1990, when her heart stopped because of a chemical imbalance. Her eyes are open, but doctors say she has no consciousness. The feeding tube was removed by court order last week, at the insistence of Michael Schiavo, who has custody.

Terri Schiavo's brother says she was "alert and responsive" as family members hugged and kissed her during their visit Wednesday.


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