For the nation, it has been a short-term drama. But for Terri Schiavo’s husband and family, it has been 15 years of anguish, accusations and court battles.

1990 Terri Schiavo suffers brain damage during cardiac arrest, a result of a potassium imbalance that may have been caused by her suspected bulimia. She emerges from her coma but does not regain consciousness. A Florida court appoints her husband Michael guardian.•1992 Michael sues Terri’s doctor and in November wins $750,000 for her and $300,000 for himself. Her money is put in a trust for her care.

There is no evidence the fund is mismanaged. It now reportedly contains $50,000.•1993 Robert and Mary Schindler fall out with Michael over their daughter’s care.

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