The Importance of an Advanced Directive

Terri Schiavo was the unfortunate pawn in the middle of a battle between her parents and her husband over whether withdrawal of medical aid following an accident which left her totally incapacitated.
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The media circus which ensued reached to the highest levels of the government, even taking this matter to the level of the Supreme Court and to the office of the President of the United States. Unfortunately, prior to her accident, Terri left no living will or advanced medical directive to clearly spell out her wishes were she to find herself in such a dire condition.

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