Since the hospitalization of her husband Kanye West, Kim Kardashian seems to be faced with a major decision — should she allow their young kids North & Saint to see their father in his current state? HollywoodLife.com spoke EXCLUSIVELY with a doctor who weighed the pros & cons. Find out here if she should!
We can only imagine how scary of a situation this must be for Kim Kardashian, 36, Kanye West, 39, and their family. After all, the rapper was hospitalized on Nov. 21 for an alleged “breakdown,” and he is reportedly in UCLA Medical Center under a 5150 psychiatric hold. And while HollywoodLife.com told you EXCLUSIVELY that Ye has been begging to see his two kids North, 3, and Saint, 11 months, it’s not exactly an easy request.
A 5150 hold is also known as an involuntary psychiatric hold, which means an officer has the right to confine or hospitalize an individual — without their consent — who is thought to have a mental disorder that renders them a danger to themselves or to others. So when it comes to visitation, is it a good idea for Kim to allow their little ones to see him under these apparently dramatic circumstances?
“This can be a very difficult decision but it will be up to the spouse and the doctor treating [Kanye] to assess if he represents a danger to the children or would scare them in anyway,” LA based psychiatrist Daniel B. Bornstein, M.D. explained to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “Often seeing family for patients undergoing a 5150 evaluation can be helpful, but in some cases it might not be suitable.”
Dr. Bornstein, who has had many years of experience dealing with patients on ‘5150 holds’ added, “The main thing is that a complete psychiatric evaluation takes place so that the person can be stabilized and the right diagnosis and medication can be prescribed for them.” It sounds like that may be exactly what Kanye needs! But according to the doctor, oftentimes, and this sounds like it could be Kanye’s case, patients who are manic depressive can have issues with not being able to sleep. In those situations, it could take up to six weeks for any drugs to actually take effect — which means Kanye may not be stable enough to see his kids for another few months!
“If it was decided that a longer stay was required, then the family and doctor would have to go to court and get a ‘5250 hold’ that would detain the patient for a further 14 days,” Dr. Bornstein said. “However, the patient has rights and the proper legal requirements would have to be met for this to happen.” So it looks like it’s totally up to Kanye’s doctor and Kim to evaluate if Kanye is well enough to be with his family.
“A 5150 is considered a psychiatric emergency, when a person is deemed a danger to themselves, to others or is gravely disabled,” our source concluded. “They are generally a good thing for the patient and the family, but the work and any medication must continue when they leave hospital to enable a full recovery.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you think Kim will end up letting North and Saint see their dad while he’s hospitalized?