CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- A Florida judge issued an emergency order Tuesday stopping the withdrawal of a feeding tube that has kept a severely brain-damaged woman alive for 15 years.
Judge George Greer issued the stay at the request of the parents of Terri Schiavo, the New York Times reported. The woman's husband has twice succeeded in obtaining court permission to remove the feeding tube from his 41-year-old wife.
Schiavo's parents made their appeal before Greer on the grounds their daughter, a Roman Catholic, would have not wished to violate a recent declaration by Pope John Paul II that people in vegetative states have a right to nutrition and hydration.
Greer rejected the argument, but issued a stay in effect until 1 p.m., EST, Tuesday, pending the parents' appeal of his decision to an appeals court.
The parents' lawyer also said he planned to file a motion Wednesday to stop the removal of the tube in light of what he said were recent medical advances that hold promise for recovery for brain-damaged patients.