Attorneys for the parents of Terri Schiavo planned to immediately appeal a federal judge's ruling that rejected the parents' request that artificial feeding be restarted for the brain-damaged 41-year-old woman. U.S. District Judge James Whittemore in Tampa, Fla., refused to order reinsertion of a feeding tube, four days after a tube was removed at the behest of Schiavo's husband, whose contention that his wife would have wished to end artificial feeding had been upheld by Florida courts. Whittemore said attorneys for Schiavo's parents did not demonstrate that their case for continuing feeding would have a "substantial likelihood of success" in federal court, according to published reports. An attorney for the parents, David Gibbs III, said he intended to file an appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta as soon as possible. "We are working on the appeals at this time," Gibbs said. The two-hour hearing before Whittemore Monday came after Congress and President Bush pushed through a new law sending the Schiavo case to federal court. Schiavo has been in a vegetative state since 1990, when a heart attack caused a temporary loss of oxygen to her brain. -- by Michael Romano
Schiavo's parents to appeal after loss in federal court
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