Bobbi Kristina Brown Undergoes Tracheotomy to Help Prevent Infections From Breathing Tube

Source confirms family is trying to take her out of the medically induced coma

By Francesca Bacardi Feb 19, 2015 5:48 PMTags
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Doctors performed a tracheotomy on Bobbi Kristina Brown Wednesday to help fight infection from her breathing tube, E! News confirms.

The source tells us that it's a "normal procedure after a certain amount of time on a breathing tube. It helps prevent infections." The source also confirms that her family is in the process of taking her out of the medically induced coma. 

The news comes just days after her father's lawyer, Christopher Brown (no relation), slammed reports that the 21-year-old woman would be taken off life support this week. Those are "false stories," he revealed to E! News Monday morning before assuring the media that there is "nothing happening."

But now that the family is trying to pull her out of the coma, maybe something positive will happen to Whitney Houston's daughter, who has remained in the hospital since being discovered face down in her bathtub on Jan. 31. Reports about Bobby Brown's daughter have said a variety of different things regarding her health status, but her father just wants everyone to focus on praying for a recovery.

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"We continue to request privacy in this matter," he said in a statement to E! News. "We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is healing our prayers."

Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Leolah Brown, previously told reporters that her niece was showing signs of improvement, despite remaining on life support.

"She's still on life support," she told Fox 5 Atlanta. "We know that she's opening her eyes. That's true. She's opening her eyes and there's a few more things that she's doing but Krissi is doing well right now. She is."

But cousin Jerod Brown said that opening her eyes "might not be a good thing or a bad thing."

Despite the conflicting reports, Bobby's attorney continues to implore media outlets not to get their information from "unauthorized members of the family."

"The integrity of the events that led to the hospitalization of Bobbi Kristina must remain uncompromised," lawyer Christopher Brown (no relation) said. "Various members of the family have provided media interviews, however, none of them are approved visitors to see Bobbi Kristina."

Roswell Police have confirmed that there's an ongoing criminal investigation into what happened to her.