Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terri Schiavo has died

Eternal rest give unto her, O Lord;
And let perpetual light shine upon her.

PINELLAS PARK, Florida (CNN) -- Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old brain-damaged woman who became the centerpiece of a national right-to-die battle, died Thursday morning, nearly two weeks after doctors removed the feeding tube that had sustained her for more than a decade.

Brother Paul O'Donnell, a spokesman for Bob and Mary Schindler, Schiavo's parents, said they were with their daughter's body and praying. (Terri Schiavo's obituary)

The Schindlers and their other two children earlier requested permission to be with Schiavo during her last moments, but police barred them from being with her, O'Donnell said.

Michael Schiavo, Terri's husband and guardian, controlled who could visit
her and when.

Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the soul of Your departed servant. Be not severe in Your judgment, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon her, and send, O merciful Saviour, Your angels to conduct her to a place of refreshment, light and peace.


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