Hugh Finn has been tethered to feeding tubes, unable to decide his own fate, since a car crash 3 1/2 years ago ruptured his aorta and deprived his brain of oxygen.

His wife and legal guardian, Michele, says he never wanted to live in a vegetative state, and she has a court order allowing her to have those tubes removed Monday.But is Hugh Finn in a vegetative state? Many people, including Mary Margaret Keely, Michele Finn's mother, claim he can communicate and must be kept alive.

Keely says Finn thanked her for a Christmas present last year and cried in July when she asked whether he was upset with his wife.