Schiavo Case Hinges on Appeals Court Action Due Tuesday

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The dramatic legal battle over the life of a severely disabled woman hinges on what, if any, instructions a Florida appeals court gives Tuesday on when her feeding tube can be removed and her death can begin.

The attorney representing Terri Schiavo's husband Michael says her client will act as soon as legally permissible in having the feeding tube removed, which has kept Schiavo alive for 15 years after suffering debilitating heart failure.

But whether Michael Schiavo can have the tube removed on Tuesday depends on how the 2nd District Court of Appeals issues its final word on a legal filing from her parents which has blocked Michael Schiavo from acting earlier.

Attorneys for Bob and Mary Schindler are seeking an emergency stay that will at least block their son-in-law from removing the tube until another court hearing on Wednesday.