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Stroke Survivor Makes Appeal for Terri Schiavo

The judge isn't saying when he will make a final decision, as supporters of Terri Schiavo roamed the Capitol in Tallahassee, trying to reverse a legislative decision not to intervene in the case of the brain damaged woman.

Lawmakers will have to act within 48 hours if they are to make a difference.

Kate Adamson is wheeling around the Capitol in search of votes. After a stroke at age 33, the California woman spent 70 days unable to speak.

Kate says, “I had a long, long road to come back. I was on life support, trapped in my body, completely unable to communicate with the outside world."

Her husband tells a story of faith.

Steven Klugman, Kate's husband, says, “He told me her chances weren’t as great as one in a million. I said, ’praise God’ and hugged him. He said, ‘what are you doing?’ And I said, ‘my wife is that one.’ "

Legislative supporters of Terri Schiavo believe that the best long-term chance of keeping her alive rests in the state Capitol with state lawmakers. Nine Republicans and several Democrats are on the hit list for visits.

At least four votes are needed to reverse the Senate’s refusal last week to pass legislation that could reinsert the feeding tube.

Larcenia Bullard is one of the targets.

Sen. Larcenia Bullard, (D) Miami, says, “New language? I will consider, absolutely!”

Jeb Bush is also stepping up pressure, saying lawmakers must act within 48 hours if they are to make a difference.

Gov. Jeb Bush says, “I’m deeply disappointed by the actions taken by the Senate last week.”

Kate Adamson’s 70 days of being unable to speak is a far cry from Terri Schiavo’s 15 years, but Kate says her story should give all hope.


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