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Judge Refuses to Order Schiavo Feeding Tube Re-inserted

MARCH 22, 2005 - Posted at 8:07 a.m. CST

 

TAMPA, FL - Terri Schiavo's feeding tube will not be re-inserted, at least for now.

That's the ruling from a federal judge in Florida, who has turned down a request from the brain-damaged woman's parents.  The decision comes after Congress passed a measure allowing the case to be reviewed by federal courts, and President Bush signed it.

U.S. District Judge James Whitmore said the 41-year-old woman's parents had not established a "substantial likelihood of success" at trial on the merits of their arguments.

The parents' lawyers say they're appealing "to save Terri's life."

Schiavo's feeding tube was removed Friday by order of a state court.  Her husband, Michael Schiavo, has fought for years to have the tube removed because he said she would not want to be kept alive artificially and she has no hope for recovery.  Her parents contend she responds to them and her condition could improve.

Doctors have said Schiavo would live for a week to two weeks once the feeding tube was removed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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