Almost three weeks after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub, Bobbi Kristina Brown is still fighting for her life.
Doctors have removed her breathing tube, two sources close to the family told CNN on Thursday, one day after the procedure supposedly took place.
Brown, daughter of late singing star Whitney Houston, will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat.
“This is an indication that the patient will need this for weeks and months to come, as opposed to hours and days,” said CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
He said the move lowers the risk of infection and is standard procedure.
Brown, 21, remains in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Doctors are attempting to slowly lift her coma, according to sources close to the family.
The extent of her injuries is not known.
Police have said they’re treating Brown’s case as a criminal investigation. She was found in a bathtub full of water on January 31 at her Roswell, Georgia, residence.
Her mother, who died in 2012, was similarly found in a bathtub, just hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party. A coroner ruled Houston’s death an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
Brown is her only child.
Lil Wayne is recovering from his week-long medical scare in the luxury of an L.A. hotel. The 30-year-old rapper has been released from the hospital after suffering severe seizures.
Wayne’s publicist confirmed the good news of his release late Monday, March 18 to CNN. Mack Maine, the president of the rapper’s label, Young Money, also tweeted Monday, “[Lil Wayne] has officially been released and is headed home . . . God is great.”
But a source clarifies to Us Weekly that Wayne (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) headed straight to a L.A. hotel — rather than his private residence — with his crew instead following his release.
The “Got Money” rapper was first admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on March 12 to treat seizures. He was released the next day, but was readmitted shortly after. TMZ claimed that the situation was so dire that Wayne was being read his last rites Friday evening, but his rep denied the reports at the time, saying, “Wayne is doing well.”
An insider explained that Wayne was hospitalized because “he drank too much sizzurp to get a better high.” (Sizzurp is a narcotic concoction of prescription-strength cough syrup, sugary sodas and hard candies.) “He needs rehab but he’s not close to death or anything,” the source explained. “He’s fine and just coming down off the high.”
Wayne has yet to tweet to his fans since being released, but wrote from his hospital bed on March 15, “I’m good everybody. Thanks for the prayers and love.”
Rihanna has given $1.75 million to a hospital in her Caribbean homeland of Barbados in memory of her late grandmother.
The 24-year-old singer said the donation to buy three pieces of medical equipment was her way “giving back to Barbados.”
She made the comments during a Saturday ceremony with relatives at the island’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The hospital’s radiotherapy unit has been renamed the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine after Rihanna’s grandmother, who died in June.
Rihanna recently released “Unapologetic,” her seventh album in seven years.
On Monday, she took to Twitter with a positive message:
It is most important to be happy, eliminate negativity around you this holiday season…2013 is way too futuristic for the same weak shit