When he learned that his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown had been rushed to the hospital after she was discovered unconscious in her home, Bobby Brown rushed to be by her side. Now, amid reports that she is “brain-dead,” Brown’s family members are speaking out to set the record straight even as questions remain about whether it is time to end life support, reported People.
It’s been more than a week since Bobbi Kristina was found lying face-down in her bathtub. At 21, she now is on life support, with a ventilator in place to help her breathe. She is still unconscious.
But despite the days that have passed without change since that fateful Jan. 31 discovery, some family members are hopeful.
“She’s got some color back,” said one relative, “but she’s still not responding.”
“She is not brain dead. There is hope,” said another.
Whitney Houston’s mother, Cissy, remains by her granddaughter’s side. She, like the others, does not want to stop her prayers for a miracle.
“No one is trying to mislead anyone. Everyone is still praying for her. That’s what matters,” said a family insider.
But who has the power to pull the plug to end the machines that are supporting Bobbi Kristina’s life? The key players in the life of Whitney Houston include both Bobby and Patricia Houston, according to Yahoo Music.
Married to Whitney Houston’s brother Gary, Patricia is the administrator of the trust fund that Whitney established for her daughter. It was she who, when Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina announced that they were married, sought and received a restraining order against Nick. That order holds through April.
But is it Patricia or Bobby who would decide to end life support? That decision initially was influenced by Cissy, who wanted to pull the plug on Feb. 11, the date on which Whitney died, according to Medical Daily.
Cissy felt that it was a way to keep Whitney and Bobbi Kristina together forever.
However, the issue of life versus death is different for the mother and daughter. Although Whitney could not be resuscitated, Bobbi Kristina was still alive when she was found. That leaves the issue of when or whether to turn off life support in the family’s hands.
“The family would have to figure out what would this woman want if she had that future,” said Dr. Arthur Caplan, the director of the Medical Ethics division at NYU Langone Medical Center.
And if they do decide to take her off life support, it takes time to establish whether it is time to pronounce her dead, added Dr. Caplan.
“I have a feeling she may be brain dead and they’re waiting to establish that,” he said.
“If her brain has totally ceased to function, that takes 24 to 48 hours to determine. If they would put her in a coma, it might be even a little longer because they were trying to control brain pressure. But if she shows no brain activity over a 24-hour span and other lack of reflexes and other clinical symptoms, she’ll be pronounced dead. The way this sounds like, it’s going more in that direction.”
It was a sequence of events that Melissa Rivers had to go through after her mother Joan Rivers was also rushed to the hospital, reported the New York Daily News.
In a room filled with family and friends, Joan Rivers depended on machines to keep her alive. After eight days had passed since she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, Melissa made the decision.
And as the Inquisitr reported, Melissa followed through with an eloquent statement about ending her mother’s life.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother.”
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