Schiavo brother speaking in N.H.


BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) – Terry Schiavo’s brother will speak in Bedford this week to advocate for changes in the country’s end-of-life laws.

Terry Schiavo was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state after her heart stopped in 1990. Doctors thought there was no chance she would recover enough brain function to survive without life support.

After years of legal battles between her family and her husband, her husband was allowed to have her feeding tube removed in March 2005. She died a few days later.

Her brother, Bobby Schindler of Tampa, Florida, will speak Thursday at an event sponsored by Cornerstone Policy Research, a conservative think tank based in Concord.

Schindler wants the persistent vegetative state diagnosis banned. He says it’s frequently misdiagnosed because doctors cannot agree on criteria.

Schindler also wants feeding tubes re-classifed as basic care, rather than medical treatment. Unwanted medical treatment can be withheld under the law, but basic care cannot.