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Independent guardian says brain-damaged Florida woman won't improve
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Clearwater, Florida-AP -- An independent court-appointed guardian has concluded that Terri Schiavo (SHY'-voh), the brain-damaged Florida woman at the center of a right-to-die case, has no chance of improving.

She's been in what doctors call a persistent vegetative state for more than a decade.

But guardian Jay Wolfson says as long as there's controversy, he's asking to stay on the case in the hope of resolving the fight between Schiavo's husband and her relatives. He also says Terri Schiavo should undergo swallowing tests to see if she can eat on her own.

Under a hastily-passed law, Governor Jeb Bush ordered Schiavo's feeding tubes reconnected.

The governor says he sees nothing in the report that would change his mind about keeping Schiavo alive.

Schiavo's parents say their daughter can improve with treatment, but husband Michael Schiavo is challenging the constitutionality of "Terri's Law."

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