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While Whitney Houston’s daughter could very likely wake up from her coma, Bobbi Kristina Brown is very unlikely to make a full recovery, according to a neurosurgeon.
Bobbi Kristina has been in a medically-induced coma since she was found unconscious face down in her bathtub on January 31 – in much the same way her mother was found dead three years ago.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Sasan Yadegar says it often takes three to six months for a patient to wake up following a complete lack of oxygen to the brain.
“In the best of circumstances, what happens with these patients is that you expect the first thing to return is some respiratory function, the second thing to return is their eyes may open,” Dr. Yadegar told ExtraTV.com.
“They may not follow commands but their eyes may open.”
In an interview with Fox 5 Atlanta about a month ago, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt Leolah Brown said the 22-year-old was showing signs of improvement, including opening her eyes.
“She’s opening her eyes and there’s a few more things that she’s doing,” she said.
“Krissy is doing well right now.”
Leolah also said that rumours the family was taking Bobbi Kristina off life support were not true.
Dr. Yadegar, who has not treated Bobbi Kristina, went on to say that the third function to return in most patients is movement of arms and legs in response to stimulus.
“And then slowly, and God willing, they start following some commands,” he said.
At that point the patient can enter a rehab center for physical and speech therapy.
“Hopefully, they get the patient back up walking and sitting in a chair and then ultimately they work with them with the speech therapy to get them to talk again … and learn how to get around and get by with their lives … learn how to feed themselves and so on and so forth.
“It can take up to two years to get all of those things done.”
All of this is possible, but Bobbi Kristina won’t ever recover “100 percent,” Dr. Yadegar said.
“To expect a full recovery is absolutely not possible.”
Dr. Yadegar added that Bobbi Kristina’s young age was in her favor, as it was more difficult for older people to recover from this sort of trauma.