Brain Damaged Woman

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The husband seeking to end his severely brain-damaged wife's life says his in-laws have set out to block his actions because they want money and more recently because of right-to-life political causes.

Michael Schiavo appeared last night on CNN's "Larry King Live." He says he continues to fight to let his wife Terri die because her wishes were not to be artificially kept alive.

Terri Schiavo has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990 when a chemical imbalance, brought on by an eating disorder, caused her heart to stop and deprived her brain of oxygen. Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, believe their daughter can be rehabilitated. An order from Gov. Jeb Bush has put her back on a feeding tube.

Michael Sciavo says Bob Schindler has "always wanted the money." But less than an hour later on Fox, the Schindlers' attorney countered that Michael Schiavo knew his wife never had end-of-life wishes.

Terri Schiavo is being treated at a Pinellas Park hospice while her husband's attorney and the American Civil Liberties Union prepares to challenge to constitutionality of a new state law. The first filings in that legal fight are due Wednesday.

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