Fassie in stable condition, may have brain damage
May 03, 2004
JOHANNESBURG — Musician Brenda Fassie is in a stable condition in the
Sunninghill hospital in Sandton, Johannesburg, her record company
said on Sunday.
Brenda Fassie performs after winning the 'best female artist category' at the Kora All Africa music awards, September 1999 |
"Brenda Fassie's vital signs of life to date are stable and it
is necessary for us to point out that Brenda is not brain dead as
it has been extensively reported," said Leslie Sedibe, legal and
business affairs director at EMI Music in a statement..
"However, neurological test have revealed some damage to parts
of her brain as a direct result of the lack of oxygen, the extent
of which cannot be conclusively determined and it has thus become
necessary to conduct further tests," he said..
Fassie was admitted to the hospital on Monday after "suffering
shortness of breath which according to the doctors led to
cardio-respiratory arrest", Sedibe said..
"The doctors were able to successfully resuscitate her but
regrettably, at that stage, she fell into a coma.".
Sedibe said: "Contrary to earlier reports, Brenda Fassie is
still alive. .
"Close friends and members of her family remain at her bedside
and continue to pray for her life and her speedy recovery. .
"At this stage, we ask for calm and appeal to all South Africans
to keep Brenda in their prayers." .
Sedibe said the record company would release daily updates on
Fassie's condition, at lunchtime each day..
A Sunday newspaper reported that Fassie's family had been
advised to turn off the life support machine. .
Fassie, known as "the girl with the golden voice", "South
Africa's queen of pop" and "undisputed queen of the vocals", had
been at the forefront of black South African music for 20 years. – Sapa