An attorney for the parents of Terri Schiavo urged the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to act quickly to restore nutrition to the brain-damaged 41-year-old woman, after a U.S. District Court judge in Tampa, Fla., refused the emergency request. In an appeal filed electronically with the court, David Gibbs III said Schiavo was "fading quickly" and her parents "reasonably" feared she could die before a federal court hears their argument that ending feeding violates Schiavo's rights. Earlier in the day, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore in Tampa, following a two-hour hearing Monday required by a hastily passed federal law, said he did not see evidence that Schiavo's parents would have a "substantial likelihood of success" in federal court. Florida courts have sided with Schiavo's husband, Michael, in the controversial case, accepting his contention that Schiavo would not wish to be kept alive by artificial means. Her feeding tube was removed Friday, and doctors have said she could live one to two weeks without water or nutrients. -- by the Associated Press
Schiavo's parents ask appeals court to restart feeding
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