Bobbi Kristina Brown Undergoes Tracheotomy: Update From Bobby Brown And Nick Gordon As Neurologist Talks Brain Damage

Since January 31, when Bobbi Kristina Brown was discovered unconscious in her home, Bobby Brown has sought to stay steadfastly by her side in the hospital room where he prays for her. And while various family members have voiced their views on whether he should turn off the ventilator and life support measures keeping her alive, Bobby has repeatedly expressed that he has no such intentions.

Now it has been reported that Bobbi Kristina Brown underwent a tracheotomy, according to People. However, her condition is still considered critical.

The operation was designed to modify Bobbi Kristina’s breathing tube, revealed a family source.

“The tracheotomy is a different place for the tube to go,” revealed the insider. “Everything else remains the same. It’s a waiting game. The family is hoping and waiting.”

In contrast, however, sources say that Bobby Brown feels Bobbi Kristina is showing signs of improvement, reported Entertainment Tonight.

During a family meeting this week, relatives discussed the options. However, because Bobbi Kristina is the daughter of Bobby and Whitney Houston, it is Bobby’s legal decision that will ultimately determine whether and when he does remove the 21-year-old from life support.

A source revealed that for the first time, Bobby sounds positive in speaking of his daughter’s health. That insider also noted that she is improving. Despite previous reports, the source said no signs of organ failure have been discovered.

What remains unsaid, however, is the potential for brain damage and long-term, irreversible muscle weakness after an unknown amount of time without oxygen, weeks in a medically induced coma, and day after day depending on life support to live.

Addressing those concerns, Dr. Julian Bragg, a neurologist at Midtown Neurology in Atlanta, discussed whether Bobbi Kristina could resume a normal, healthy life in the future.

“Normally patients like this have significant injury to the brain stem, which controls very basic functions such as breathing.”

However, depending on her brain, she could still live without the ventilator.

“[A patient can] live indefinitely off the ventilator as long as continued nutrition is supplied.”

And even if her brain health does recover fully, her physical strength may take time, clarified the neurologist.

“After spending more than two weeks in a medically induced coma, or for any cause, the body goes through a number of changes. There is a significant decrease in muscle strength both in terms of moving the limbs and in terms of breathing. Often people require extensive strengthening not only in being able to sit, stand and move around, but even simpler things like swallowing and breathing.”

As the Inquisitr reported, Bobby Brown has been faced for the past three weeks with two options about his daughter Bobbi Kristina. If her organs do begin to fail, even mechanical life support may not suffice. Thus he can request that the ventilator and life support measures be turned off then, or continue to wait and pray.

And although relatives such as Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy Houston stay close by his side and pray along with him, Nick Gordon has been forbidden to enter Bobbi Kristina’s hospital room, according to the New York Daily News.

On social media, Bobbi Kristina referred to Nick as her husband. However, he has been banned from the hospital room after repeated arguments with family members, according to insiders.

Now, however, his lawyers are saying that the 22-year-old has been trying to see the woman he describes as his wife.

“Nick has been trying, privately, to do everything he can to see Bobbi Kristina cooperatively,” said his lawyers, Randall Kessler, and Joe Habachy.

But relatives disagree with Nick’s view that he has the right to see the 21-year-old. They have pinpointed blame for her health crisis on Gordon.

In particular, as the Inquisitr reported, detectives into the ongoing criminal investigation are concerned about the facial injuries found on Bobbi Kristina. Bruises on her mouth and face have resulted in cause for concern as to the origin.

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