Bobbi Kristina Brown is being given a slim chance of recovery, with doctors now saying the daughter of Whitney Houston may end up permanently stuck in her condition without progress.
For months, Brown has remained in a coma, with doctors unable to find any signs of progress since she was found unresponsive in her home in January.
As her medical battle continues, family members appear have begun bickering among themselves about her condition. Her father, Bobby Brown, has reportedly had a difficult time coming to terms with his daughter’s situation. He shocked fans last month when he announced at an appearance that Bobbi Kristina Brown was “awake,” but Bobby’s lawyer later clarified his comments.
“Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life,” said Christopher Brown, Bobby’s attorney. “However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”
“While she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has a tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive,” she said. “Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me. We can only trust in God for a miracle at this time.”
Other doctors have explained that medical experts would be able to keep Bobbi Kristina Brown in relatively stable health, but without any real progress.
Dr. Mark Liker, Medical Director and Neurosurgeon with Dignity Health Northridge Hospital, told Extra that as long as her immediate needs are met, Bobbi will remain in good physical health.
“When it comes to eating and breathing, I’m sure there is a feeding tube that provides her with adequate nutrition, and a nutritionist that’s ensuring that she is getting the right calories and nutrients,” said Liker, who has not treated Bobbi Kristina Brown.
But physical therapy would depend on Bobbi being conscious, otherwise all doctors can do is keep her muscles from going into atrophy.
“I don’t know where she stands right now,” he said. “If she is not able to respond, then the physical therapy is usually performed on a regular basis and it is limited to range of motion exercises, so they will move her arms and legs just so her legs and arms don’t go into a permanent contraction. Also, I think it is good to continually or frequently send impulses from the legs to the brain just to keep the brain as responsive as possible, and that could potentially give her better function over time, better recovery.”
If Bobbi Kristina Brown is to make any progress, it will not come quickly, Dr. Liker said. “You will not see changes day-to-day, you may not even see change week-to-week, it may come more slowly, and I’m sure that the facility is doing the best that they can in terms of rehabilitation and ways to help her.”
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