Judge Grants Order For Ailing Etta James to Undergo Independent Exam

A sick legendary singer Etta James has been ordered by a California judge to undergo an independent medical evaluation after worried complaints from her son alleged she could be in “very serious danger” if she is left under the care of her current live-in doctor.

Her son Donto James’ lawyer, James E. Deering, Jr., appeared at a hearing late last week to raise concerns about his mother’s healthcare, claiming Dr. James had fitted the star with feeding tubes at her home – a procedure he insists should have been performed at a hospital. The “At Last” singer is being treated for dementia, leukemia and other problems.

After hearing Donto’s case, judge Thomas Cahraman agreed for a court-appointed attorney to organize an independent physician to examine Etta and review her medical needs.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. James revealed she fully supported the judge’s decision, claiming the singer is “not an easy patient.”

She told reporters, “He can have 10 examiners, he can have 20 physicians to come in that house to perform the duties I do. I have a list of 23 medical sub-specialties that I have had to treat her for. She is not an easy patient. I have saved her several times. Eventually she will die with something, but it will not be with my help.”

Last month, Judge Cahraman granted James’ husband Artis Mills access to $60,000 of the ailing star’s money to cover her medical costs.


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