Bobby Schindler, executive director of Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, said it is important for families and patients to know their rights in these situations.
Schiavo, who suffered brain damage after a heart attack, was at the center of a years-long right-to-die struggle that ended in 2005 when her husband removed her feeding tube over objections from her parents.
‘‘Families and individuals must make themselves aware of what so-called ‘brain death’ is and what it is not,’’ Schindler said in a statement.
Leff reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writer Channing Joseph in San Francisco contributed to this report.