In Minnesota, a hospital is going to court to ask permission to have life-sustaining equipment removed from 87-year-old Helga Wanglie -- against the wishes of her family.
Meanwhile, in Missouri, the father of 20-year-old Christine Busalacchi, comatose since a 1987 car accident, is attempting to have her moved to another state and given a full neurological exam. If the exam confirms that she is indeed in a persistent vegetative state, Pete Busalacchi says he wants permission to remove the feeding tube which keeps Christine alive.
Elsewhere in Missouri, the parents of Nancy Cruzan are going about the business of rebuilding their lives. Their daughter's death in December culminated a long legal fight to win the right to remove her from what they regarded as a cruel existence imposed by medical technology.