Terri's Wish


The following is a time line of Terri Schiavo's alleged verbal wish which was used to decide her fate. Pinellas-Pasco's Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge, George W. Greer's decision to starve and dehydrate Terri to death was based on hearsay evidence
provided by Michael Schiavo, his brother and his sister-in-law, all of which surfaced close to ten years subsequent to Terri's collapse. The court ignored contrary testimony of Terri's biological family and lifelong friends. According to Michael Schiavo and his family, Terri would have had to make these alleged wishes when she was in her early twenties.

On February 25, 1990, at the age of 26, Terri Schiavo collapses for still unknown reasons, while home alone with Michael Schiavo. Terri has no written directive. Schiavo makes no mention that Terri had any type of verbal living will.

In November 1992, Michael Schiavo initiated a medical malpractice suit against Terri's doctors, a general practitioner and a gynolocologist, claiming that she may have suffered from an eating disorder which they failed to detect. At trial, the Chief of Rehabilitation from Bayfront Medical Center and a second rehabilitation specialist both testified that Terri could expect a normal life span and would require extensive care throughout her life. Michael Schiavo recites his wedding vows to jury asking for upwards of 20 million dollars so that he could "bring Terri home" and provide her with the proper lifelong rehabilitation and therapy she is going to need because of her disability. Based on that and other evidence, the jury awarded Michael Schiavo $600,000 for loss of spousal consortium and over $1.5 million to Terri. Of this, $780,000 was placed in trust to provide for Terri's future healthcare and therapeutic needs.

On February 14, 1993, Michael Schiavo and Terri's parents have a disagreement over the course of her care and the use of her trust to provide therapy. Terri's parents urge Michael Schiavo to begin rehabilitation and therapy for Terri once again. He declined. Schiavo discontinued any contact with Terri's family and took steps to deny their access to her.

In the spring of that year, subsequent to split between Michael Schiavo and Terri's family, Schiavo places DNR in Terri's medical records, and instructs nursing home not to reveal any medical information regarding Terri to her family.

That summer, Michael Schiavo instructs Terri's physician not to treat her UT infection that would ultimately lead to her death by sepsis. Nursing home intervenes, informing Schiavo that Florida Statutes do not permit the withholding of such medical treatment.

In November 1993, Michael Schiavo is deposed and testifies that he withheld antibiotics in the hopes that Terri would die stating that, "It's what I think Terri would want", and "In my own feelings, if Terri were to wake up and see herself the way she is now, she wouldn't even want to live like that." Schiavo never mentions that it was Terri's wish to die.

In 1994, Michael Schiavo takes up residence and becomes engaged to Jodi Centzone. He refused to dissolve his marriage to Terri and the couple has two children.

In 1995, Michael Schiavo sought out the services of attorney George Felos, a right-to-die litigator. Attorney Felos would later petition court for his fees to be paid for by Terri's trust.

In July of 1997, Michael Schiavo's mother, Clare Schiavo passes away. While making no mention of Terri, Schiavo publicly announces - in mother's obituary - his intentions to marry Jodi Centonze, while still being married to Terri.

Note: During the 2000 trial to determine Terri's fate, Micheal Schiavo testifies that it was only AFTER his mother's death that he decided to remove Terri's feeding tube. This contradicts that Schiavo and his attorney had already begun the procedures to remove Terri's feeding tube several months prior to Schiavo's mother passing away.

In May of 1998, Felos files Petition to Withdraw Life Support, based on Michael Schiavo's claim that Terri had a verbal living will. The court appointed a Guardian ad Litem to investigate the merits of this petition. During investigation, Guardian ad Litem asks Schiavo if he knows of anyone else having knowledge of Terri's alleged wish. Schiavo tells GAL ... No.

The final report of the Guaridan ad Litem to the court was that the petition should be denied based on conflicts of interest by Michael Schiavo. Report sites the number of years it took for Schiavo to recall Terri's alleged wish, and the money Schiavo would stand to inherit, which was upwards of $800,000.00. Attorney Felos objects on claims of bias and the court dismisses the Guardian ad Litem without ever appointing a successor.

In the spring of 1999, Florida Law is changed to recognize feeding tubes as medical treatment (artificial life support). Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos was directly involved in effort to change law.

That same year, during Michael Schaivo's deposition in preparation for upcoming trial, attorney Felos asks Schiavo if there is anyone that would corroborate his claim regarding Terri's "wishes". Schiavo now identifies his brother, Scott Schiavo and sister-in-law Joan Schiavo.

In January of 2000, the Petition to Withdraw Life Support was heard by Judge George W. Greer in Pinellas-Pasco's Sixth Judicial Circuit. As support for his petition, Michael Schiavo testified that Terri told him in the mid-1980s that she would not want life support after the couple had watched a movie depicting a patient on a ventilator. Schiavo's brother and sister-in-law also testified that Terri had made statements to them regarding mechanical life support. Judge Greer dismisses testimony of Terri's parents, siblings, Terri's life-long girlfriend and closest friend in Florida, all testifying that Terri never made any statements regarding situations if she were to become disabled. Greer found Schiavo and his family's testimony to be clear and convincing evidence and ordered that Terri's tube be removed.

In April of 2001, Cindy Brashers (Shook) tells Terri's father, and brother in a phone conversation that Michael Schiavo is lying about Terri's wishes and that he told Shook back in 1991 when they were dating that, "He had no idea what Terri's wishes were."

That same year, Trudy Capone submits affidavit repeating Shook claim that Michael Schiavo was lying and did not know Terri's wishes (Trudy Capone and Schiavo dated just prior to his relationship with Jodi Centonze).

March 31, 2005, Terri dies of marked dehydration after almost 14 days of being denied food and water based on Judge Greer's decision that it was Terri's wish to die.