Sources: Bobbi Kristina Brown’s breathing tube removed

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Bobbi Kristina Brown (Photo: TMZ)

ATLANTA (CNN) — Doctors have removed Bobbi Kristina Brown’s breathing tube, two sources close to the family told CNN on Thursday.

Brown, daughter of the late singing star Whitney Houston, was found unresponsive in a bathtub full of water on January 31.

Doctors performed the procedure on Wednesday, the sources said. Brown will now be ventilated through a hole in her throat.

“This is an indication that the patient will need this for weeks and months to come, as opposed to hours and days,” said CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

He said the move lowers the risk of infection and is standard procedure.

Brown, 21, remains in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Doctors are attempting to slowly lift her coma, according to sources close to the family.

The extent of her injuries is not known.

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