Bobbi Kristina Brown prepared to be taken out of medical coma: source

(NBC) -- Doctors caring for Bobbi Kristina Brown inserted a tracheostomy tube in her throat on Wednesday to prevent any infection from her breathing tube, a source close to the family told NBC News. The family ultimately wants to remove her from the medically induced coma she was placed in since she was found unresponsive in a bathtub on Jan. 31. But the source said she must first be weaned off of the coma medication. Her overall condition, however, remains unchanged.

The 21-year-old daughter of the late pop diva Whitney Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown has been hospitalized since she was found face down and not breathing in the bathtub of her suburban Atlanta home.

Family and friends told NBC News she was placed on a ventilator. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, but the tragic circumstances have caused a rift between the Brown family and her partner, Nick Gordon.

His attorneys released a statement Wednesday confirming that Gordon has stayed away from the hospital at her family's wishes. Gordon was in the home with Brown when she was found unresponsive.

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