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Schiavo's brother told to leave room

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., March 31 (UPI) -- The brother of Terri Schiavo was told he could not be in the room as she died Thursday because he had gotten into a dispute with a police officer.

George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney, said his client made a split-second decision after being told of the confrontation, The Miami Herald reported.

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The Rev. Frank Pavone, an adviser to Terri Schiavo's parents, had complained of the decision earlier.

"Bobby Schindler, her brother, said we want to be in the room when she dies and Michael Schindler said, 'No, you can't,' so his heartless cruelty continues until this last moment," Pavone said.

Felos said hospice nurses had told his client, "If you want to be with her when she dies, you better come right now, and, oh, by the way, your brother-in-law just got into a dispute with a police officer outside the room and do you want him to be there with a police officer?

"He made a split-second decision then to say no," Felos said of Michael Schiavo.

Terri Schiavo, 41, died a few minutes later at 9:04 a.m. amid a battle within the family about whether her feeding tube should be reinserted.

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