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Schiavo's Previous Guardian
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Schiavo's Previous Guardian

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Schiavo's Previous Guardian

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Dr. Jay Wolfson is a professor of public health and law at the University of South Florida; in 2003, a Florida court appointed him to be Terri Schiavo's guardian ad litem for a month, seeking data on mental abilities disputed by Schiavo's husband and parents.

Wolfson recommended that both parties in the case abide by the results of tests — including a swallowing test — which would gauge Schiavo's cognitive ability. In the end, he couldn't get them to agree.

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Wolfson.

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