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Slate's Explainer: 'Persistent Vegetative State'

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Slate's Explainer: 'Persistent Vegetative State'

Slate's Explainer: 'Persistent Vegetative State'

Slate's Explainer: 'Persistent Vegetative State'

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Slate senior editor Andy Bowers explains "persistent vegetative state" — the term doctors have used to describe Terri Schiavo's condition. The Florida woman suffered severe brain damage a decade ago, and has had her feeding tube reconnected by legislative order after her husband fought to allow her to die.