An attorney appointed by a judge to represent Joni Mitchell says in court papers filed Tuesday that although the singer’s health has improved, she should remain under a conservatorship.
“While (Mitchell) has made great progress toward recovery, the Capacity Declaration of (neurologist, Dr. Paul Vespa) indicates that she lacks capacity to make informed medical decisions,” lawyer Rebecca Thyne wrote.“I agreed that (Mitchell) still needs assistance with such decisions.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cunningham had previously named the 71-year-old singer’s longtime friend and administrator of Joni's official website, Leslie Morris of Sherman Oaks, as temporary conservator, giving her interim authority to oversee Mitchell’s care, but not her finances and business interests.
A hearing is scheduled Wednesday on Morris’ bid to be named Mitchell’s permanent conservator.
On March 31, Mitchell was taken to UCLA Medical Center to undergo tests after collapsing at her Bel Air home. Mitchell was found unconscious at home, but regained consciousness in an ambulance en route to a hospital.
Attorney Thyne says in her court papers that Mitchell was unresponsive when she visited the singer at the hospital on April 30, a month later. But when she went to Mitchell's home on June 26, Mitchell was sitting at her kitchen table eating lunch. Mitchell said she was pleased with Morris’ role as her temporary conservator and that she would like her friend’s authority to be extended, according to Thyne. “She also told me that she receives excellent care from caregivers around the clock,” Thyne states in her court papers. “It was clear that she was happy to be home and that she has made remarkable progress. She has physical therapy each day and is expected to make a full recovery.”
Very good news. Now, if she can just quit smoking, she's good to go for a while yet.