March 30, 2005 — Terri Shiavo was inside the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Florida, seven days after her feeding tube had been removed. Droves of advocates from across the country gather outide to pray and plea for action to sustain her life. The Terri Schiavo case was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1998 to 2005. At issue was whether to carry out the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie “Terri” Schiavo to terminate life support for her. Terri was diagnosed by doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state. The highly publicized and prolonged series of legal challenges presented by her parents and by state and federal legislative intervention effected a seven-year delay before life support finally was terminated. She died on March 31, 2005, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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