This page seeks to provide a comprehensive timeline and archive of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo court case.
Since her collapse in 1990, Terri’s situation has taken many turns. While her family fights to restore her human rights, a long battle has taken place both in the courts and in the hearts of Americans and those abroad
We hope this timeline will help make Terri’s case more clear and show you why this is such an important cause.
Some of these entries are links to documents and court records that you can read through. Unless specified, these documents are in Acrobat Reader format.
Timeline: Terri’s Collapse & Expected Recovery
Feb – Terri Collapses in her home
May – Terri discharged from Humana Hospital in St Petersburg, Florida.
Dec – Terri taken to California for experimental implant
Feb – Terri moved to home with husband.
Jan – Terri moved to Bradenton Mediplex Rehabilitation Center.
Apr – Terri’s condition is assessed as improving.
Apr – Terri’s husband advised to move her to Gainesville Rehabilitation Center to receive advanced therapy to continue Terri’s recovery.
Jul – Terri moved to Sable Palms Nursing Home.
Timeline: Schindler-Schiavo Malpractice Settlements
Aug – Terri awarded $250,000 in malpractice settlement.
Nov – Terri awarded $1.4 million in malpractice trial.
Nov – Michael Schiavo awarded $600,000 in malpractice trial.
Timeline: Schiavo’s Opinion Changes
Feb – Michael Schiavo denies recommended rehabilitation treatment.
Feb – Schiavo and Terri’s parents have falling out regarding lack of therapy for Terri.
Feb – Schiavo withholds medical information from Terri’s parents.
Feb – Schiavo posts Do not Resuscitate order in Terri’s medical chart.
Jun – Schiavo threatens Schindler family with lawsuit.
Aug – Schiavo orders medical staff not to treat Terri for potentially fatal infection.
Sep – Bob and Mary Schindler petition courts to remove Schiavo as Terri’s guardian.
Nov – Schiavo admits in deposition that he knew withholding treatment of infection could result in Terri’s death.
Feb – Judge Penick dismisses guardianship suit.
Apr – Terri moved to Palm Gardens Nursing Home.
Sep – Schiavo orders Palm Gardens not to treat Terri for potentially fatal infection.
Timeline: Terri Schindler-Schiavo case
Jun – Terri’s parents obtain court order for access to Terri’s medical records.
May – Judge Shames approves Schiavo action to remove Terri’s nutrition and hydration.
Jul – Schiavo’s engagement to Jodi Centonze announced.
Aug – Attorney Felos’s letter notifying Terri’s parents of action to remove Terri’s nutrition and hydration.
Jun – Guardian ad Litem appointed by court to investigate Terri’s case.
Oct – Schiavo offers to donate Terri’s inheritance to charity if family agrees to allow removal of her hydration and nutrition.
Dec – Guardian ad Litem recommends the court not approve Schiavo’s petition.
Feb – Attorney George Felos files bias charges against Guardian ad Litem.
Jun – Guardian ad Litem dismissed by the court.
Jan – Judge Greer Conducts Terri’s Feeding Tube Removal Trial.
Feb – Greer Rules to Remove Nutrition Feeding Tube.
Feb – Affidavits filed by 3 doctors state Terri can swallow and is not PVS.
Feb – Greer denies petition to allow Terri swallowing tests.
Apr – Terri Moved from Palm Gardens Nursing Home to Hospice Facility.
Apr – Greer denies motion to return Terri to Palm Garden Nursing home.
Apr – Greer imposes restricted visitor list for Terri.
Jul – Appeal filed with Appellate Court to overturn Greer’s verdict.
Nov – Appellate Court Conducts Oral Arguments.
Jan 25 – The appellate court upholds Judge Greer’s ruling to remove Terri’s feeding..
Feb. 8 – Motion for an Appellate Court rehearing or clarification – Denied.
Mar 12 – Schiavo petitions to remove Terri’s feeding immediately.
Mar 23 – Florida Supreme Court denies motion with the to review Terri’s case.
Mar 22 – Appellate Court issued a 30 day execution stay.
Mar 29 – Judge Greer moves up feeding removal date to April 20, 2001.
Apr 1 – The Appellate Court denies extending Terri’s stay of execution.
Apr 12 – Attorney Anderson files motion disqualify Judge Greer.
Apr 16 – Judge Greer denies disqualification motion.
Apr 18 – The Florida Supreme Court refuses to hear Terri’s case & denies Stay.
Apr 19 – The Federal Court claimed the issue was beyond that court’s jurisdiction.
Apr 23 – The US Supreme Court refused to hear Terri’s case.
Apr 24 – Terri Feeding was terminated.
Apr 25 – Schiavo bans Terri brother and sister from visiting Terri.
Apr 25 – Schiavo ex girlfriend (Cyndi) reveals Schiavo lied about Terri’s death wishes.
Apr 26 – Judge Greer refuses to hear new evidence about Schiavo’s lying.
Apr 26 – New evidence compels Civil court Judge Quesada to resume Terri’s feeding.
Apr 30 – Schiavo files an emergency motion to have Terri’s nutritional feeding stopped.
May 7 – Affidavit filed by Dr. Hammesfahr (neurology) states Terri is not in a PVS.
May 7 – Schiavo charged in the Civil Court with fraud.
May 8 – Schiavo ex girlfriend (Cyndi) refuses to testify for fear of Schiavo.
May 9 – The 2nd District Court of Appeals announces “Oral Arguments Hearing” date.
May 11 – Schiavo motion to negate Judge Quesada’s order denied.
Jun 1 – Affidavits by five (5) Doctors were filed stating Terri was not in a PVS.
Jun 1 – Schiavo excused from rendering his deposition.
Jun 18 – Schiavo files an affidavit that Terri is in an irreversible vegetative.
Jun 21 – Chief Judge Demers gave Judge George Greer’s Court authority to decide whether Terri should have any new medical evaluation or treatment.
Jun 25 – A three-member panel presided at the Appellate Court hearing.
Jul 11 – The Appellate Court ordered Greer court to conduct evidentiary hearings. The court denied Schiavo’s attorneys request to order Terri’s feeding stopped.
July 23 – Schiavo filed a motion for Judge Greer to immediately stop Terri’s feeding.
Aug 7 – Judge Greer totally ignored or rationalized all the evidence presented to him. Orders Terri’s feeding stopped on August 28, 2001.
Aug 10 – Attorney Anderson motion to disqualify Judge Greer denied.
Aug 14 – Greer denies request for Conducting Terri Medical Examinations.
Aug 16 – Attorney Anderson files a Notice of Appeal with the 2nd District Appeal Court.
Aug 17 – Judge Greer grants Terri a stay of execution until October 9, 2001.
Aug 20 – Schiavo files with the 2nd District Appeal Court to overrule Judge Greer stay.
Oct 7 – 2nd District Appeal Court orders Terri to be neurological tested.
Oct 23 – Schiavo files a motion to reverse the Appellate Court neurological tests order.
Nov 1 – The 2nd District Court of Appeals denies Schiavo’s motion..
Nov 16 – Terri’s medical testing plan will be determined before a mediator.
Dec 19 – Attorneys meet with a mediator in an attempt to agree upon the tests .
Jan 18 – Mediated agreement failed, testing is back Greer’s courtroom to be resolved.
Jan 25 – Attorney Anderson petitioned the court for an evidentiary guardianship hearing.
Jan 29 – Judge Greer approved Schiavo’s motion to cancel the evidentiary hearing.
Feb 7 – Schiavo files with the Florida Supreme Court to overturn the Appellate Court’s October ruling which spared Terri’s life.
Mar 14 – The Florida Supreme Court denied Michael Schiavo’s appeal.
Jun 19 – Schiavo objects to the medical and neurological testing.
Jul 1 – Judge Greer conducted a 3+ hr hearing involving three issues:
- Schiavo’s Plan to Enroll Terri into a Medicaid Program
- Termination of Schiavo’s Attorney Fees
- Equal Payment for Terri’s Examining Doctors
Jul 10 – Court Hearing again was for the purpose of allowing certain medical tests that were requested to evaluate Terri’s true medical and neurological condition.
Jul 12 – Judge Greer ruled -not-to-pay- Terri’s doctors for their professional fees to examine Terri. Notably, in a previous hearing, Judge Greer -approved- payment for Schiavo’s doctors fees.
Jul 22 – Judge Greer approved three of Terri’s desired neurological tests and rejected a dozen other.
Aug 28 – Judge Greer established the dates for Terri’s trial.
Oct 2 – Schiavo files petition to prohibit the media from seeing Terri’s recent neurological examination videotapes or airing the video’s to the public after they have been presented to the court as evidence.
Oct 2 – Schiavo petitioned the court to authorize Terri’s cremation.
Oct 11-22 Terri’s trial
Nov15 – Judge Greer conducted a hearing in response to a motion Attorney Anderson filed requesting time to investigate recent evidence suggesting Terri’s heart failure may have been caused by physical abuse.
Nov 22 – Greer orders Terri’s starvation death to begin on Jan 3, 2003.
Dec 9 – Attorney Anderson filed a ‘Notice of Appeal’ to the 2nd District Appellate Court.
Dec 9- Attorney Anderson filed a motion with Judge Greer to ‘stay’ the January 3rd feeding termination date.
Dec 10 – Schiavo filed a motion with Judge Greer to strike attorney Anderson’s motion to ‘stay,’ requesting a court hearing to argue his objection.
Dec 13 – Judge Greer acquiesced to Michael Schiavo’s attorney motion to conduct a hearing, which resulted in a ‘stay’ being granted, pending appellate resolution.
Dec 18 – Schiavo filed a motion with the 2nd District Appellate Court to overturn Judge Greer’s December 13th order.
Dec 23 – The 2nd Appellate Court denied Michael Schiavo’s attorney motion to overturn Judge Greer’s December 13, 2002 ‘stay’ order. Furthermore, the Appellate Court established filing dates and scheduled Appellate oral arguments to take place on April 4, 2003.
Guardian Removal Petition Still Pending. On November 15, 2002, attorney Anderson filed a petition with Judge Greer to remove Michael Schiavo as Terri’s legal guardian. The petition included a declaration of Adversary Proceedings, charging that Michael Schiavo violated a dozen or more specific Florida Statutes while serving in his capacity as Terri’s legal guardian.
Apr – Appellate Court Hearing.
Jun – Appellate Court Upholds Greer.
Jul – Appellate Court Denies Court Review and Stay.
Jul – Appellate Court grants 30 day stay.
Aug – Terri hospitalized under mysterious conditions, denied visits from her priest.
Sep – Emergency hearing to allow visitation and obtain current medical information.
Sep – Michael Schiavo ordered by court to give discharge summary to Terri’s parents.
Sep – Judge Greer scheduled October 15, 2003 for the removal of Terri’s sustenance.
Oct – 15 Terri’s sustenance removed at Hospice Woodside in Pinellas Park, FL.
Oct – 20 Florida Legislature and Senate meet in special session Terri’s bill is introduced.
Oct – 21 Terri’s bill approved, signed into law. Governor Bush issues executive orderr.
Oct – 23 Michael Schiavo announces plans to sue Governor Bush and challenge Terri’s Law as unconstitutional.
Oct – Dr. Jay Wolfson of Tampa, Florida assigned as independent Guardian ad Litem.
Nov – New Guardianship hearing in Sixth Circuit court.
Nov – Disability advocacy groups file Amicus Brief.
Nov – Judge Baird to hear case on Terri’s Law. Governor not properly served in suit, appeals venue.
Nov – Governor Bush petitions to remove Judge W. Douglas Baird on suggestion of bias.
Dec – 3 Terri’s birthday. Supporters convene at Woodside Hospice. Terri receives more than 1,000 birthday cards and gifts.
Dec – Governor Bush denied discovery in Schiavo v Bush. Governor denied subpoenaing witnesses.
Dec – 20 Guardian ad Litem dismissed by Judge Demers.
Dec – 22 Judge Baird rules that he will issue a summary ruling on Terri’s law without a trial. His ruling is withheld until appeals by Governor Bush are ruled upon in the Second District Court of Appeals in Lakeland, Florida.
Jan – 8, Judge Demers denies petition for reinstatement of Guardian ad Litem