Terri Schiavo Moved to Hospital Again, in Critical Condition

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 25, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Terri Schiavo Moved to Hospital Again, in Critical Condition

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
August 25, 2003

Clearwater, FL (LifeNews.com) — Terri Schiavo has been moved to a hospital again, and this time she is in critical condition.

In a statement provided to LifeNews.com, Pamela Hennessy, a representative of Terri’s family, said Terri was moved from the hospice where she is living to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida. She was admitted through the emergency room.

This is the second time in 10 days that Terri has been to the hospital, the first time after Terri was coughing up blood.

The hospitalization is at the center of a legal battle, with Terri’s parents and siblings saying her husband Michael violated a 1996 court order requiring him and his attorneys to provide Terri’s family with updates on her medical condition. Michael prevented the hospital from allowing visitors and releasing information on Terri’s status.

Though Terri was admitted Sunday night, Hennessy told LifeNews.com that Terri’s family didn’t receive notice until Monday morning when Michael’s attorney faxed Pat Anderson, the attorney for the family.

"Though the Schindlers did not receive the court-ordered discharge summary from Terri’s previous hospitalization, they are concerned that she suffers from a continuance of the ailment that she was treated for there and that she may have been released too soon," Hennessy explained.

Hospital officials are not currently providing the family with updates on Terri’s condition.

Bob and Mary Schindler have been engaged in an ongoing legal battle to block the efforts of Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo, to remove a feeding tube which provides Terri nutrition and hydration. If removed, Terri will die a painful death by starvation over the course of 15 days.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled on Friday that it would not hear Terri’s case. The decision allows a local judge to set a date for Terri’s death.