The Death Of Terri Schiavo Brings Attention To Living Wills

by Jessica Cervantez

Terri Schiavo died early Thursday morning, almost two weeks after the feeding tube that kept her alive had been disconnected. Schiavo's parents wanted to keep the brain damaged woman alive. Her husband won a legal battle to let her die. It is a controversy that could have been avoided if Terri Schiavo would have had a living will.

There was intense reaction about the death of Terry Schiavo, 14 days after her feeding tube was removed. Her husband and her parents battled in court for years about whether she would have wanted to live with brain damage. Their difference of opinion is bringing a lot of attention to the importance of having a living will, something Schiavo did not have.

Attorney Scott Taylor said, "It is something a person can execute to dictate to the physician how they want their future medical case handled."

Taylor knows how important living wills can be. He recommends having them, especially if you are more than 60 years old.

Taylor said, "If the person has a serious illness that might be life-threatening, they are probably thinking more about it then someone who is twenty and healthy."

With a living will you would make your own decision and have it in writing. It would avoid the type of uncertainty that became a big part of Terri Schiavo's final years.