Bobbi Kristina Brown's Health: What's Really Going On
Amid conflicting reports of the 21-year-old's health, her family continues to pray for her recovery
In the days since Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub on Jan. 31, her family members have released conflicting information on the condition of the only daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston.
A few things are clear: The 21-year-old woman remains on life support, her breathing aided by a ventilator, and she has not regained consciousness since she was admitted to the hospital.
“She’s got some color back,” a family member tells PEOPLE, “but she’s still not responding.”
Still, Bobby Brown has maintained a brave face, slamming many reports about his daughter’s situation as “egregious” and “false.”
Some of those stories come from various family members who have not always been on the same page. In a Facebook post, cousin Jerod Brown said that doctors “don’t see any hope.” Meanwhile, Bobbi Kristina’s aunt Leolah told FOX 5 Atlanta that while Bobbi Kristina is “still on life support,” she is “opening her eyes … There are a couple more things that she’s doing but Krissi is doing well right now.” (However, according to Columbia University’s Department of Neurology, eye opening can still be “accompanied by a total lack of cognitive or mental activity of any type.”)
Adds another family source: “She is not brain dead. There is hope.”
Doctors tell PEOPLE that her condition is dependent on how long she went without air. “Even minutes [without air] can be grim,” explains neurologist Eli Zimmerman of Massachusetts General Hospital.
Some family members, including Bobby Brown and Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother Cissy Houston, maintain a constant vigil by her bedside. Others come and go, getting secondhand updates via text messages or phone calls.
The family member tells PEOPLE that despite the varied perspectives, the family remains united in their hope for Bobbi Kristina’s recovery. “Everyone may be giving different stories, but that’s because it’s so confusing,” says the family member.
“No one is trying to mislead anyone. Everyone is still praying for her. That’s what matters.”
• With additional reporting by K.C. BAKER, LIZ MCNEIL and MICHELLE TAUBER
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