Saturday 20 January 2018

'There are no other options', Bobbi Kristina undergoes tracheotomy as family maintains bedside vigil

Police said the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown was taken to a hospital Saturday after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome.
Police said the 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown was taken to a hospital Saturday after she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub in a suburban Atlanta townhome.
Well-wishers pray at a vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown in Riverdale, Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)
Oprah Winfrey embraces Bobbi Kristina, daughter of the late Whitney Houston, during an interview (AP/Harpo, Inc)
Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon, pictured at a Hollywood film premiere in 2012 (AP)

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Bobbi Kristina Brown has undergone a tracheotomy.

Doctors at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta performed what they call the "normal procedure" on the 21-year-old to rearrange her breathing tube.

The daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston was found floating face-down in the bathtub of her home in Roswell, Georgia on January 31 and there has been little change in her condition ever since.

Read more: The plot thickens - Bobbi Kristina’s relatives attempt to ‘cash in’ on tragedy

Well-wishers pray at a vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown in Riverdale, Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)
Well-wishers pray at a vigil for Bobbi Kristina Brown in Riverdale, Georgia (Atlanta Journal-Constitution/AP)

"The tracheotomy is a different place for the tube to go. Everything else remains the same. It's a waiting game. The family is hoping and waiting," a source close to the family told People magazine.

According to the insider, the procedure does not indicate there has been any change in Bobbi Kristina's status. She was placed in a medically induced coma upon hospitalisation and family members have revealed there has been little to no change in her condition in the past two weeks.

"It's a normal procedure to have the tracheotomy because if you have a breathing tube down there for a long time, it can cause an infection," the source explained. "She is still critical and we don't know what the outcome will be. No-one is giving up on this kid."

Read more: Whitney Houston's mother visits Bobbi Kristina Brown in hospital

Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon in 2012 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Bobbi Kristina Brown (R) and Nick Gordon in 2012 (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Bobbi Kristina's father and grandmother, Cissy Houston, are maintaining a bedside vigil at her bedside. However, another family source told People that the tracheotomy has reminded her loved ones just how critical her condition still is.

"There's a medical reason behind [the tracheotomy], but it's making things clear to everyone how serious this is. Even if she wakes up, there's a possibility that this could do some damage to her vocal chords, I hear," the source explained.

"This is happening because there are no other options. If there was another way, Bobby would do it."

Oprah Winfrey gives a hug to Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston REUTERS/Copyright 2012 Harpo, Inc./Handout
Oprah Winfrey gives a hug to Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston REUTERS/Copyright 2012 Harpo, Inc./Handout

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