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Judge extends stay for 3 weeks Fri. for feeding tubes for brain-damaged FL woman

(Tampa, Florida-AP) Feb. 25, 2005 - A judge has extended for three weeks the stay keeping Terri Schiavo's feeding tube in place. The stay had been due to expire Friday afternoon at 5:00. It now runs through March 18th.

Friday is the 15th anniversary of the woman's debilitating collapse after a heart attack. Schiavo left no written will when she collapsed at age 26 from what doctors said was a chemical imbalance that stopped her heart.

The Department of Children and Families was seeking a 60-day stay in removing the tube while it investigates new allegations of abuse and neglect, according to an attorney for Schiavo's parents. Previous investigations were unable to substantiate similar allegations.

Schiavo's husband wants the feeding tube removed, saying his wife never would have wanted to be kept alive artificially.

The woman's parents are fighting Michael Schiavo's attempts to remove the tube, which has kept his wife alive for 15 years.

Her parents believe she could improve with proper therapy, and they've fought to keep her alive and still hold out hope for some sort of recovery. Doctors say there's no hope of that and say she's in a persistent vegetative state.

The order was supposed to expire at 5:00pm Wednesday, but Terri Schiavo's parents asked that it be extended while their court fight to keep her alive continues.

updated 3:10pm by Chris Rees

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