Schiavo Fights for Life

By: Valerie Lacy
By: Valerie Lacy

Terri Schiavo's story is affecting residents around the country. What's bringing them to Tallahassee and why are they so dedicated to Terri's cause?

In Tallahassee the crowds have dwindled, but the fever to fight for Terri Schiavo's life is just as strong. Look around at some of the license plates and you'll see people have come from all over the country.

Ron Duhe is from Louisiana. He's been here since Wednesday. At first he didn't want to talk to us because he was embarrassed about wearing the same shirt three days in a row.

"What keeps you going?" he was asked.

"I don't think it's very long, not at all, not in this case. I mean, if it's something you believe in, time is not a factor."

Like many of the people here, Ron says he wants Gov. Jeb Bush to make sure Terri's life is sustained through a feeding tube.

The debate that has taken more than a decade of the country's interest may come down to Terri's final breath on Easter weekend.

Ron says, "I think that she's gonna, you know, survive this one. I really believe in my heart she's gonna make it."

Ron says he will continue to spend some nights in his car or picketing outside the Governor's Mansion. He's holding on to hope for Terri, but she's been without a feeding tube for more than a week now, and he knows time is running out.

Meanwhile, armed guards are protecting Circuit Judge George Greer. The Associated Press reports that he's received death threats for allowing Michael Schiavo to remove the feeding tube.


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