The fight of her life

"The fight of her life" Continued...

Issue: "Curt Schilling: Never hide," March 19, 2005

Mr. Weldon hopes to beat the last minute again. He plans to ask House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom DeLay to expedite handling of IPLPA, and rush it to the House floor by the week of March 14. With her death date set for four days later, "it's clearly questionable whether we'll be able to do it," Mr. Weldon said. "But I felt we needed to try." -with reporting by Priya Abraham and Kristin Chapman

Terri's timeline: the last 15 years

· Feb. 1990: Terri Schiavo collapses at home, suffering oxygen deprivation that leaves her brain-damaged.

· Nov. 1992: Ms. Schiavo is awarded a $1.4 million malpractice settlement. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, also wins a malpractice case and receives $600,000.

· Feb. 1993: Mr. Schiavo denies further rehabilitation treatment for his wife. Disputes over Ms. Schiavo's lack of therapy lead to a falling out between Mr. Schiavo and his wife's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler.

· Sept. 1993: The Schindlers petition the courts to remove Mr. Schiavo as his wife's guardian. The suit is dismissed in Feb. 1994.

· May 1997: The court approves Mr. Schiavo's petition to remove Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube.

· Feb. 2000: Circuit Court Judge George Greer rules to remove Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube. Three doctors file affidavits saying Ms. Schiavo can swallow, but the judge denies requests for swallowing tests.

· Jan. 25, 2001: The appellate court upholds the ruling to remove the feeding tube.

· April 18, 2001: The Florida Supreme Court refuses to hear the case. A few days later, the U.S. Supreme Court also refuses to hear the case.

· April 24, 2001: Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube is removed, but new evidence leads the civil court to reinsert it two days later.

· Oct. 7, 2001: The 2nd District Court of Appeals orders Ms. Schiavo to receive neurological tests.

· Nov. 22, 2002: Judge Greer orders her feeding tube removed on Jan. 3, 2003, but a series of appeals delays the action.

· Oct. 15, 2003: Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube is removed.

· Oct. 21, 2003: "Terri's Law" is passed, allowing Gov. Jeb Bush to order the feeding tube reinserted.

· Sept. 23, 2004: "Terri's Law" is unanimously ruled unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court.

· Jan. 24, 2005: The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal from Gov. Bush.

· Feb. 23, 2005: Judge Greer grants Ms. Schiavo's parents 48 hours to seek a legal remedy before their daughter's feeding tube is removed.

· Feb. 25, 2005: Judge Greer sets March 18 as the date for removal of the feeding tube.

· March 1, 2005: Ms. Schiavo's parents ask the judge to allow her to divorce her husband.

· March 8, 2005: Ms. Schiavo's parents ask the judge to allow new medical tests to determine her mental activity.

· March 10, 2005: Judge Greer denied attorneys' request for a 60-day delay in feeding-tube removal to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect by Michael Schiavo.

Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent

Lynn is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the best-selling author of 10 non-fiction books.


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