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Terri Schiavo Dies at 41

• Terri Schiavo died yesterday.

Family and friends of the 41-year-old Florida woman said she never wanted to be the center of attention. But that's exactly what she became, the center of a major legal and medical battle that went all the way to the White House and Congress.

Terri Schiavo, before her medical and legal battles started. (Schindler Family Photo Via AP)

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Schiavo was left severely brain damaged in 1990 when her heart stopped for a time, depriving her brain of oxygen. She was kept alive by a feeding tube. Court-appointed doctors said she had no real awareness of her condition or surroundings, and no chance of recovery.

For the last seven years Schiavo's husband and parents argued about whether to remove the feeding tube and allow her to die.

State and federal courts repeatedly sided with Michael Schiavo, who had said his wife never wanted to be kept alive artificially.

Florida lawmakers, President Bush and Congress sided with Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler. The Schindlers said their daughter could get better with treatment.

Two weeks ago, a judge ordered the removal of Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. The Schindlers made several attempts to reverse the order, but were unsuccessful.

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