LOS ANGELES - A San Diego-area businessman on Thursday offered $1 million to Terri Schiavo's husband in an attempt to keep the brain-damaged Florida woman alive.
Robert Herring said he would pay Michael Schiavo the money if he transfers the legal right to decide his wife's medical treatment to her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, who oppose removing a tube feeding their daughter.
The offer will remain on the table until Monday, Herring said in a statement released by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred.
Michael Schiavo has obtained a court order to remove the feeding tube March 18. Herring said he felt "compelled to act" before then in hopes of preventing her from dying, adding that he has had no personal contact with Schiavo or the Schindlers and was not affiliated with any organization involved in the case.
"I believe very strongly that there are medical advances happening around the globe that very shortly could have a positive impact on Terri's condition. I have seen miraculous recoveries occur through the use of stem cells in patients suffering a variety of conditions," Herring said.
Herring, who founded an electronics firm and later a cable and satellite channel, has deposited the money into a trust account at Allred's Los Angeles law firm, Allred said in a statement. The monetary offer was submitted in writing to Michael Schiavo's attorney, she added.
A message left at the law office of Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, seeking comment late Thursday was not immediately returned.
Calls seeking comment from the Schindlers' attorney also were not immediately returned, nor was a message left on Bob Schindler's cell phone.
"Mr. Herring thinks there might be hope for Terri Schiavo and wonders why there is a rush to death, especially in view of the advances being made in medical research," Allred said. "He feels that he couldn't live with himself if he didn't make this offer and he sincerely hopes that it will be accepted."
Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage in 1990 after her heart stopped due to a chemical imbalance possibly brought on by an eating disorder. Her parents and her husband have fought in court for nearly seven years over her fate.
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2003 pushed a law through the state Legislature that authorized him to resume the woman's artificial feedings six days after a court stopped them. The law was later ruled unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court.