The family of Terri Schiavo has joined the heated battle over whether a California girl declared brain-dead by her doctors is in fact deceased.
Officials with the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network revealed that it has been quietly working behind the scenes to keep Jahi McMath, 13, alive — citing her pulse and breathing as a sign that she should continue to receive treatment.
The group said in a statement that the struggle over keeping McMath on life support is “representative of a very deep problem within the U.S. healthcare system” and hospitals have a “vested financial interest in discontinuing life.”
Schiavo was at the center of a high-profile tug-of-war between her family and her husband, Michael, who wanted her taken off life support. Schiavo died in 2005 after being hospitalized for 15 years.
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