LATEST: Crooner Pat Boone has joined the fight to save coma victim TERRI
SCHIAVO after federal judges gave her husband MICHAEL the go ahead to remove
her feeding tube and let his wife starve to death.
Celebrity pro-life supporters Mel Gibson and actress Patricia Heaton have
already weighed in on the controversial US euthanasia battle, siding with
Schiavo's parents BOB and MARY SCHINDLER, who want to keep their daughter
And now LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND singer Boone, a born-again Christian, is
adding his voice to the Schindler's battle after revealing he was faced with a
similar dilemma when his grandson was left in a coma.
He says, "Doctors make their diagnoses and they do it with all their best
intentions and best knowledge but sometimes they're wrong.
"They said the same thing about our grandson, RYAN... he was diagnosed by
his doctors as being in a permanent vegetative state, on a respirator, never be
able to breath or talk or do anything, and they said, 'You better give some
thought to how
long you wanna maintain him in this condition?' In other words, 'When will you
want to pull the plug?'
"If we had believed the doctors' diagnosis and accepted it we would be
visiting Ryan in a cemetery now, but we didn't believe it and we said to them,
'You're the medical team, we're the faith team; let's work together,' and we
"Now Ryan's much further along; he's on a recumbent bike, he pedals
himself. (He has) the use of both arms, he can wrap his arms around his mom and
tell her he loves her and he is coming back to us steadily."
Boone is begging Schiavo's husband to rethink his decision to starve his
wife: "She's alive. When her mother or somebody who loves her talks to her she
turns to them, she smiles, she makes sounds as if she's trying to speak."
Terri Schiavo has just completed her seventh day without food or water.