Dr. Drew has weighed in with insight on Bobbi Kristina Brown’s medical condition amid claims from her father Bobbi Brown that she is “awake” form her coma.
Therapist to the stars Dr. Drew was joined on his show by CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin and confirmed that even though Bobby said his daughter opened her eyes, she could still be “in a vegetative state.”
“They can have eyes open and be meaning and still have no relation or meaning with the outside world,” he said.
Hostin said that according to her sources within the family, the 22-year-old is no longer in a coma and no longer sedated, however, “she does still have a [tracheostomy tube] in her throat and her neurological condition has not changed over the past 12 weeks.”
“She doesn’t speak. She doesn’t respond to touch. She’s simply in the same, exact neurological condition that she has been in for the past few months,” Hostin continued and said. “That brain function just does not appear to be there.”
Dr. Drew also address fans who were upset with him for saying that Bobbi Kristina’s condition had not improved. He read a direct quote from her own grandmother, Cissy Houston, who proved his point that her health status was still the same as it had been when she was admitted to a hospital on Jan. 31.
“I have just returned from visiting my granddaughter Bobbi Kristina in the hospital and while she is no longer in a medically induced coma she has tracheotomy and according to the doctors she has global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive. Meeting with the doctors and understanding that she can live in this condition for a lifetime truly saddens me.”
Bobby’s lawyer, Christopher Brown, also clarified his comments and said that yes, she has improved and “opened her eyes,” but she has a long way to go. …The quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”
Dr. Drew added, “She will be in a vegetative state. That’s highly predictable.”
According to Hollywood Life, Bobby Brown’s announcement is said to have put Cissy and the Houston family through “an emotional roller coaster.”
“Bobby saying Bobbi Kristina is awake is something we all wish for and want to be true but Bobby’s hurting Whitney [Houston’s] side of the family, especially the elders, with false signs of hope,” a source told the outlet last month, adding, “It killed Cissy to see Bobbi lying in that hospital bed lifeless. It nearly destroyed her. It was beyond excruciating for Cissy to sit and listen to doctors tell her that her granddaughter wasn’t going to make it.”
The insider said Houston had made peace with Bobbi Kristina’s grim prognosis. But when Bobby said that she was awake, she was tempted to go back into the “devastated” state of mind she was once in.
“Not again,” the insider said. “She’s old and doesn’t have enough fight in her to go through one more emotional roller coaster.”
Bobbi Kristina was discovered in her bathtub unconscious in Jan. 31. She was rushed to the hospital before being placed in a medically induced coma for about 12 weeks. The only child of Bobby Brown and late singer Whitney Houston was then transferred to a rehab facility where she is currently.