A tracheotomy is usually performed when a comatose patient is in stable condition. It makes it possible for a more comfortable, longer and safer period of recuperation.
The procedure, which involves inserting a tube directly into the trachea, or throat, through a hole is less invasive and less prone to infection than a tube placed into the lungs through a patient’s mouth.
Right off the bat, it suggests she is likely not suffering organ failure, as TMZ and other media reported last week.
If that were true, her body likely would have shut down completely in a matter of days. Under that scenario, a tracheotomy would have been a useless procedure, according to medical references.
Doctors must believe there is some chance of her regaining consciousness, however slim it may be.
So what are her chances?
Some reports, all based on anonymous sources, say doctors have detected eye movement, which is a positive sign. Other reports say she has actually opened her eyes.
Typically, most comas don’t last more than two to four weeks, according to medical references. Bobbi has been in one since Jan. 31 when she was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water.
To determine the likelihood of a recovery, doctors will rate a patient on what’s known as the “Glasgow Coma Scale.”
Research has shown that the majority of people (87 percent) who score a three or a four on the scale within the first 24 hours are likely to die or remain in a vegetative state indefinitely.
But an equal number, about 87 percent, of those who score between 11 and 15 are likely to make a good recovery.
It’s unknown whether Bobbi has been rated, and if so, what her numbers are.
If Bobbi Kristina were to regain consciousness, her recovery would be gradual. She might be alert for only a few minutes at a time initially. After that, her periods of consciousness would improve.
No two persons recover from a coma the same way, and age is a factor. At 21, Bobbi’s chances of awakening are better than older adults.
People reported today (Feb. 19) that her condition remains “grim.”
But on a positive note, people have made nearly full recoveries from drowning-related brain injuries.