Months after Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston’s daughter was found unresponsive in a bathtub and consequently placed on life support, life has had to resume to some semblance of normalcy for the family that loves her. While Bobbi Kristina has been moved to a rehabilitation center, it is important to note that many rehab centers accept ventilator-dependent patients who may never recover for their brain injuries. While it is unknown if that is Bobbi Kristina’s case, many prior reports appeared quite bleak regarding the 22-year-old’s condition, including the fact that she would suffer “violent seizures” each time she was removed from a medically induced coma.
By all accounts, her father Bobby has held out the most hope for her recovery, refusing to remove her life-support at a time when doctors were reported to have advised it may be the best course of action. Nick Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend, remains at odds with her father, and his involvement with her untimely accident, so eerily similar to her mother’s, had not been ruled out by police.
Recently, during a concert, Bobby Brown made some comments about his daughter’s physical recovery that may have been misconstrued by the general public. Running high on adrenaline and emotion, according to his wife, Brown made some comments that may have indicated that Bobbi Kristina’s condition was better than it actually is.
“Bobbi Kristina is awake; she’s watching me.”
Brown’s lawyer was quick to clarify the singer’s statement to the Dallas crowd of concertgoers. Attorney Christopher Brown said in a statement to The Insider With Yahoo that while Bobbi Kristina’s condition may be changing somewhat, he felt it important to clarify Bobby Brown’s statements.
“Bobbi Kristina’s condition has changed since moving from Emory University Hospital and there has been improvement. Doctors have indicated that she will have a long life. However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”
That is a prognosis that is consistent with brain-injury patients. However, many complications can occur, including pneumonia and sepsis in patients who are as ill as Bobbi Kristina. At the same time, it not unusual at all for parents to have very optimistic views in spite of very pessimistic circumstances in their child — and for good reason. You can read more about that here.
Bobby’s wife, Alicia Etheridge-Brown, was also willing to clarify the singer’s statements, saying they came from a place of “emotion,” although she did not discredit his words.
“My husband made an attempt to correct the negative comments he must endure on a daily basis from both family and the public regarding his daughter’s medical condition. He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization on January 31, 2015. She has made it out of ICU, opened her eyes, and started a rehabilitation that will be long and hard.”
It is worth nothing that eye-opening can be a spontaneous reflexive response and not indicative of cognitive function. However, it also does not exclude cognitive function. Based on the information that has been given, there may indeed be reason to hope for some type of improvement for Bobbi Kristina. The family remains in our thoughts.