A Southern Californial judge has ordered an independent medical evaluation of ailing Etta James after her son's attorney contended that the "At Last" blues singer could be in "very serious danger" under the care of a live-in doctor.
The 72-year-old James suffers from dementia, leukemia, kidney problems and other ailments. Her son's attorney, James E. Deering Jr., said at a court hearing that Dr. Elaine James, who is not related to the singer, put feeding tubes into James' stomach at home - a procedure that should have been performed in a hospital, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported.
A report by a confidential investigator that was released to attorneys Thursday raises "significant questions" about whether Etta James is receiving proper medical treatment in her home in the Woodcrest area of Riverside County. Superior Court Judge Thomas Cahraman ordered a court-appointed attorney representing the singer's interests to arrange for independent pysicians to examine the singer and review her medical charts.
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Medical Exam ordered for Ailing Singer Etta James