Schiavo to Die Painlessly, Neurologists Say

The legal wrangling is effectively over: Doctors will not reinsert the feeding tube that kept Terri Schiavo alive for 15 years. Within days the brain-damaged 41-year-old Florida woman will die.

What will she go through in her last days? To find out, National Geographic News asked several neurologists for a medical explanation of Schiavo’s condition. They all agreed that, assuming that Schiavo is in fact in a persistent vegetative state, she will not experience physical pain.