Friday, February 20, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown's Breathing Tube Removed

Bobbi Kristina Brown's breathing tube has been removed by doctors.

A source close to the situation revealed to USA TODAY that Brown's medical status, though, remains unchanged.

The 21-year-old daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has been on a ventilator since January 31, when she was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive in her bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., townhouse.

According to Dr. Jordan S. Josephson, an ENT specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital, the tracheostomy operation is done when people are expected to be on a ventilator for more than a few days.

Dr. Josephson stated: "If the expectation is she's going to be on for weeks, months - who knows how long, the best way to deliver oxygen to the lungs is through the tracheostomy" (the hole left in the throat after the tracheotomy procedure is performed).

Josephson claimed: "It's a protective measure. There may be a slight scar, but in most cases that's it," noting: "She absolutely will be able to speak."

As for reading anything into the situation, the medical expert cautions against that. 

"I've seen cases where you think the patient should come out of it and they don't. And of course there are cases where you're telling the family the patient may never come out of it and two days later they wake up," the doctor revealed, adding: "Hopefully this is something that will be short for her and a speedy recovery is on the way."

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