Using Terri: The Religious Right's Conspiracy to Take Away Our RightsBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7536.309 (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:309
- Fred Charatan, retired geriatric physician (email@example.com)
- Boynton Beach, Florida, USA
The case of Terri Schiavo, a brain dead Florida woman at the centre of a family battle over whether she should be kept alive or be allowed to die, is one that divided America last year, pitching right against left and religious groups against secular sentiment (BMJ 2005;330: 687). Terri, who died on 31 March 2005, had been on a life support machine for 15 years after a cardiac arrest. She was in a persistent vegetative state and had received artificial nutrition and hydration via a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy against her previous wish to her husband, Michael, not to be …
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