San Diego Stem Cell Supporter Offers $1M To Schiavo's Husband

Attorney Says Offer Will Be Rejected

A San Diego businessman's $1 million offer to Terri Schiavo's husband if he transfers responsibility for her care to her parents so the comatose woman can be kept alive is unacceptable, his attorney said in remarks published Friday.

Robert Herring Sr., a stem cell research supporter who spent more than 30 years in the electronics industry as owner of HERCO Technology, announced the offer Thursday, saying he "became interested in the Terri Schiavo story some two years ago" and has "followed the ups and downs in this tragic situation closely."

He said he contacted Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred to help him with his proposition for Schiavo's husband.

Herring Thursday deposited $1 million into the client trust account at Allred's law firm, according to Robert D. Rosecrans, the vice president of National Bank of California, which handled the transaction. Allred said the written offer -- which is on the table until Monday at 5 p.m. PST -- was communicated to Michael Schiavo's attorney Thursday morning.

"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," said Herring, who lives in the San Diego area. "I have seen miraculous recoveries occur through the use of stem cells in patients suffering a variety of conditions."

But an attorney for Michael Schiavo said the offer won't be accepted.

Attorney George Felos told Florida's St. Petersburg Times that Michael Schiavo turned down a similar $10 million offer about two weeks ago made via an attorney for an anonymous Floridian.

Previously, Schiavo also received an offer of $700,000, and that was turned down, Felos told the newspaper.

Felos said Schiavo once promised to his wife before her collapse 15 years ago not to let her live by artificial means.

"There is no amount of money anyone can offer him to induce him to betray his promise to Terri," Felos told the St. Petersburg Times. "He's simply not going to betray her for money."

Herring's offer was contingent on the court approving Terri Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, as their daughter's new guardian.

Herring, who sold HERCO Technology in 2000 and founded the lifestyle and entertainment channel WealthTV in 2003, describes himself as a "private individual" who has had "no contact or association with either Mr. Michael Schiavo or Terri's parents or family."

Michael Schiavo wants his brain-damaged wife's feeding tube removed because he says she did not want to be kept alive artificially. But the Schindlers say those were not the wishes of their daughter, who collapsed 15 years ago after her heart stopped beating from a chemical imbalance.

Florida Circuit Court Judge George W. Greer has ordered that the feeding tube be removed on March 18.

Even if Michael Schiavo changed his mind about Herring's offer, he would be powerless to stop the removal of his wife's feeding tube on March 18 because he cannot reverse the court order, Felos told the St. Petersburg Times.

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