Usher’s Stepson May Be Taken Off Life Support

As we reported last week, Usher‘s stepson Kyle Glover – whose mother is Tameka Foster – was declared brain dead by doctors following a boating accident July 6.

Usher’s ex-wife will be forced to take her 11-year-old son off life support as early as next month because his insurance coverage is about to expire, TMZ reports.

According to sources close to the family, Tameka has not lost hope that her son can make a drastic recovery. Apparently she is telling friends that she still believes in miracles.

Reportedly, Tameka can only keep Kyle on life support as long as her insurance company agrees to pay since she doesn’t have the funds to cover the hospital bills.

Sources say that Usher – who has helped raise Kyle for several years – has been supportive during this difficult time. However, he has not offered to pay for any medical bills. Tameka does not see him as a viable financial option.

Kyle was riding on an inner tube and was struck by a Jet Ski driven by a 38-year-old man. He was declared brain dead days later.


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  1. denise

    My deepest sympathies go out to the family. A loss of a child is so devistating.

  2. Ebonita

    As sad as it is that this is coming down to a financial factor, it might be for the best . People don’t “recover” from being brain dead. He hasn’t had any brain activity in days. There’s really nothing left to be done. It’s a horribly unfortunate thing to happen. But as long as she keeps waiting for a miracle that will never come, she will continue to be in limbo and not allow herself and other relatives to grieve. She has three other living children to take care of. This really needs to end one way or another.

    • NYC Mommy

      Ebonita- I agree. Also, she can help save someone else’s life if she donated his viable organs (if she keeps him on life support for too long it may affect his ablitity to donate organs). The greatest gift she can give is for another mother’s child to live since her child can not. Very hard decision but if insurance will not cover it the doctor’s do not believe recovery is possible.

  3. SMH

    I have never been in Ms. Foster’s position and pray to God I never am. But as painful and hard as it may be the greatest gift she can give her son now is to let him go.

  4. Cg

    @ebonita,she actually has five other living children to take care of..

  5. Ivy

    He’s brain dead…..why would they want to keep him on life support passed next month anyway? Of course insurance won’t cover that…..

    • Meghan

      Some people don’t want to consent to the machines being turned off. It has to be an excrutiating decision to make and she really should be allowed to go through the process to accepting that there is no other option. It’s all so heartbreaking.

      • anonymous

        Meghan, understandably some parents will never be ready to make the difficult decision to turn off the machines, even after doctors and specialists know there is no hope left. It isn’t a choice any parent will make willingly, and sometimes it’s necessary for insurance to stop paying when there is no chance of recovery.

        If insurance kept paying forever in cases like this then there would be no money to cover other kids who need cancer treatments or organ transplants. It’s a tragic situation, but sometimes keeping the machines going doesn’t benefit anyone, including the grieving family.

      • anonymous

        There’s really no decision the make in the case of brain death. The person is no longer there. It’s not the same as being in a vegetative state. It’s more a matter of letting the family have time to accept the situation and say goodbye and let go because the boy is already gone. Hospitals and physicians are really sensitive to families in these situations. At this point all of this is for them because you can’t treat the patient.

    • Anon

      It’s not that simple. This is her CHILD. Taking your own child off of life support has got to be one of the hardest things a mother could ever go through. Forgive her for not being in a completely clear state of mind about all of this. It’s not easy to accept that your son will never be with you again.

      • Ivy

        Of course, no is saying it’s easy and not heartbreaking. But insurance isn’t going to pay for him to be kept on life support for months. Just like everyone else who goes through a tradgedy she is going to have to come to terms with it. It’s not going to make it any less heartbreaking if machines keep his heart pumping for 2 more weeks, it’ll actually probably be harder.

  6. mee

    Im sure she will regret taking him off life support….BUT what kind of life willhe have if he contnues to stay on it? a vegetable…he really is better off with god. I would never want to be in her shoes, I feel really heartbroken for her.

  7. anonymous

    This is so incredibly sad. Poor baby and poor family. The man who accidentally hit him must be wishing it was him. I cry for these people. Taking a loved one off of life support is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies. May they find grace and comfort right now.

  8. anonymous

    This is so very sad. I doubt though that it’s an insurance issue. Usher has plenty of money and would likely pick up where the insurance would not. Hospitals can’t withdraw that level of care because someone is uninsured. But you can’t keep people on life support indefinitely if they are declared brain dead by a physician. Probably the hospital/physicians are giving them room to grieve and come to grips with the situation but the doctors have a responsibility to let someone go when there is no chance for survival if that is in fact the case. Instead of arguing about how many kids this poor woman has and by whom we should take that energy and pray for her and her family.

    • Ivy

      Yes because praying will cure anyone. That’s why no religious person has died ever.
      Anyway, yes insurance can withdraw care if there is no point to it.

      • TL

        I’m pretty sure she meant pray for them because this is the hardest thing they could possibly go through and are obviously not handling it well. She said pray for HER, not him. And we definitely should be praying for them. No one knows that pain until they (hopefully never have to) go through it. I can’t even imagine.

        • Ivy

          So you think us praying for her is going to make it easier? So since she’s a celebrity and more people know about this and more people will be praying for her, she will have less pain than the average person who goes through this? Is that how your god works? Makes sense to me……

  9. miamoemoe

    My old boss was a 60yo man who was in a horrible car accident and in a coma for weeks. Doctors did all kinds of testing and scans and said there was no activity in his frontal lobe whatsoever and he was brain dead. After 4 weeks in a coma, he woke up. Was able to quickly relearn how to talk and walk, etc. He has issues with memory now, but that’s it. Miracles can and do happen, and that’s one reason why I would think twice, if this ever happened to my child, before taking them off life support. My thoughts and prayers are with this family.

    • Ivy

      someone can be in a coma but still be able to breathe on their own and have a heartbeat on their own. there’s a big difference. if someone is just in a coma they can wait forever, but is machines are keeping someone alive it just doesn’t make sense.
      if so we would just hook up every dead person to machines and keep them alive as long as we wanted.

  10. Tay

    I know it doesn’t matter, but which boy in the picture is it? Praying for their family, I can’t imagine the pain they’re going through.

  11. Dee

    My prayers go out to the family.
    I have heard of these jet ski accidents and always wonder what a jet ski is doing where children, or anyone is playing in the water
    It is just horrific, poor little boy and family. I am so sorry

  12. srp

    I dont believe this story! This story is not making much sense to me Why didn’t Tameka sue the man that hit her son for the hospital bills?

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