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Terri's death wish or Michael's?

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Michael Schiavo gave contradictory stories about whether disconnecting his estranged wife from feeding tubes was his wish or her wish in a Larry King interview on CNN.

Asked why he has persisted in his decade-long effort to end his wife’s life despite the wishes of Terri Schiavo’s parents and others who love her, Schiavo said: “Because this is what Terri wanted. This is her wish.”

“I won’t give it up,” he said. “Terri is my life. I’m going to carry out her wishes to the very end. This is what she wanted. It’s not about the Schindlers. It’s not about me, not about Congress. It’s about Terri.”

This statement is at odds with one he made under oath four years earlier.

During a deposition of Sept. 27, 1999, attorney Pamela Campbell – who represented Terri’s parents – asked Schiavo, “Have you considered turning the guardianship over to [Robert and Mary] Schindler?” and he answered, “No, I have not.”

Asked why he wouldn’t, Schiavo answered, “Basically, I don’t want to do it.”

When Campbell pressed him to be more specific, Schiavo declared, “Because they put me through pretty much hell the last few years. … Just their attitude towards me because of the litigations. There is no other reason. I’m Terri’s husband and I will remain guardian.”

Schiavo has been living with another woman for the last 10 years and is raising two children with her.

Under mysterious and still unexplained circumstances, Terri Schiavo lost consciousness and blood flow to her brain for a

period of time some 15 years ago. Her parents suspect foul play.

While she remains conscious, she is unable to speak. The family says she has been denied treatments that could help her

regain the ability to eat and speak.

Shortly after saying his determination to end Terri’s life was about her wishes, Schiavo changed his story in the King

interview. Asked if he understood her family’s feelings, he said: “Yes, I do. But this is not about them, it’s about Terri. And I’ve

also said that in court. We didn’t know what Terri wanted, but this is what we want. …”

The interview aired Friday.


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