Appeals Court Clears Way for Feeding Tube Removal in Schiavo Case

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The case over a severely brain-damaged woman remains frozen in a legal stalemate Tuesday after a Florida appeals court first cleared the way for her husband to remove her feeding tube only to see a judge promptly block the removal until at least Wednesday.

The Second District Court of Appeal offered no specific instructions in a one-page mandate issued in Terri Schiavo's case. That meant her husband Michael Schiavo could order his wife's tube be removed.

But Pinellas Circuit Court Judge George Greer has issued an emergency stay blocking removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube until 5 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday.

Judge Greer has been overseeing the long-standing dispute and has scheduled a hearing on the case for early Wednesday.