Marking the 18th Anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s Court-Ordered Death by Dehydration

This year marks the 18th anniversary of Terri Schiavo’s court ordered death by dehydration, when on March 18th, 2005, Florida Judge, George W. Greer ordered the removal of Terri’s feeding tube, sentencing her to an agonizing thirteen-day death by starvation and dehydration.

For the next thirteen days, the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network will commemorate the final, horrific days of Terri’s inhumane death. This is not only to remember Terri, but to call attention to the countless people who are currently suffering slow, barbaric deaths in hospices, nursing homes, and hospitals in America and around the world.

Congressional Intervention Fails to Spare Terri Schiavo

Published: 03/18/2005

(WND) – Doctors removed Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube carrying out her estranged husband’s requested court order allowing the brain-damaged woman to starve to death over the objections of her parents. Barring an intervention, Terri Schiavo is expected to live another week to 10 days.

Reports conflict over whether Michael Schiavo was present when the tube was removed. A spokesman for Michael Schiavo told BayNews9 TV in Tampa, Fla., Michael Schiavo was in attendance, that a prayer service was held first and then Michael called him after doctors completed their work. “He was hard to understand,” said John Centonze, the brother of Michael Schiavo’s live-in fiance Jodi Centonze, with whom Schiavo has two children.

“He was pretty emotional, upset and crying about it,” said John Centonze. “You know, he still loves her. That was the love of his life.” However, Michael Schiavo’s attorney, right-to-die advocate George Felos, told reporters at a news conference televised by WFTS-TV that a “representative of Michael Schiavo” was present in his stead.

Michael Schiavo, who has been living with Jodi Centonze for 10 years, has said he will marry her after his wife’s death. CONTINUE

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network was established by my family in response to Terri’s death with the hope that no family would have to witness the same death that Terri experienced. If you would like to remember Terri on the 18th anniversary of her death, and help us continue our work as patient advocates, please click here to make a donation. Thank you, Bobby Schindler