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Justice for Theresa Schiavo

The case of Theresa (Terri) Marie Schiavo was a very well known in 2005. This case is the classic no win-win situation. Everyone will have a different point of view and perspective regarding this case. Terri was born on December 3, 1963 in Pennsylvania. In 1984 at age 20, she married her husband, Michael Schiavo, 21. Six years later something happened that changed her life forever. On February 25, 1990 Terri suffered from a cardiac arrest which caused her some brain damage leaving her in a Persistent Vegetative State (PVS). PVS can be defined as "a clinical condition of unawareness of self and environment, in which the patient, has a stable circulation, and shows cycles of eye closure and opening [that] may simulate sleep and waking". She was able to breathe on her own. However; she was given a percutaneous endoscopy gastronomy (PEG) to provide nutrition and hydration. Her husband becomes her guardian, which her parents, Mr,&Ms.Schindler, did not object. Terri was moved several times around from rehab to rehab and even different states for continuous testing. In 1992, two years after her accident Ms.Schiavo’s physician awards more than one million dollars. Her husband received $300,000 and about $750,000 was put in a trust fund specifically for Terri’s medical care. Just five months after Michael received the money Terri’s parents tried to become the guardian but courts decline. This is the part where it gets a little tricky and makes you wonder. Why did her parents never objected on her husband being the guardian before? Why did her parents decide to become her guardian, after there is money involved? It could have been a coincidence, but it makes you wonder.
Years went by and Michael did not lose hope on Terri; till many years later, eight years to be exact. After eight years Michael petitions the court to authorize…...

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