While judges consider whether a father has the right to move his severely brain-damaged daughter out of Missouri and possibly remove her feeding tube, state officials insist the woman's condition is improving.

Christine Busalacchi, 20, was severely injured in a 1987 car accident in St. Louis and is being kept alive through the use of a feeding tube.However, at Monday's Missouri Court of Appeals hearing, the issue of her condition did not come up.

Instead, the three-judge panel zeroed in on whether Pete Busalacchi has the right to make decisions for his daughter and whether the state is really asking for the court to order the confinement of Christine Busalacchi in Missouri forever.