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Bobbi Kristina Brown, who remains comatose in an Atlanta hospital more than a month after being hospitalized, turned 22 on Wednesday and received a wistful birthday message from boyfriend Nick Gordon.
Gordon posted his message on Twitter, where he has in recent weeks been tweeting frequently about Bobbi Kristina, who had referred to him as her husband, although they were never legally wed.
"Happy Birthday baby," Gordon tweeted. "I wish I was there with you to hold you and be by your side."
Bobbi Kristina's aunt Pat Houston posted on behalf of the family on WhitneyHouston.com: "Today is Bobbi Kristina's 22nd birthday and we ask you to continue to keep her in your prayers as she is still fighting the battle of her life."
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Bobbi Kristina, the only child of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, was hospitalized 33 days ago, on Jan. 31, after being found face down and unconscious in a filled bathtub at her and Gordon's Georgia home. Police said he administered CPR before paramedics took over. She has been in a medically induced coma for almost a month and the incident remains under criminal investigation. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
Gordon has not visited her in the hospital amid a dispute with her father, who had rushed to her side following her hospitalization.
Gordon has said Bobby had "consistently prohibited" him from visiting, while Bobby's attorney has said Gordon had "declined" the chance to do so under his conditions, adding, "Due to Mr. Gordon's failure to place in tangible form his understanding of the events that lead to the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina, there is no reason for any additional discussion with him."
"Your Birthday is coming up (baby) you know I'm only staying strong for you out here," Gordon tweeted on Monday, adding, "I forgive you much love I wish we could get together and deal with this as fam."
A day later, Gordon tweeted, "I'm so hurt I wanna do myself in, I know I have to [be] strong."
Last week, doctors had attempted to take Bobbi Kristina out of her medically induced coma by stopping several medications. According to multiple reports, the procedures were halted after she began having seizures, prompting them to re-administer the drugs.
"We continue to request privacy in regards to my daughter's medical condition," Bobby had said in a statement on Tuesday. "We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers."