Joni Mitchell is on the mend! According to court documents, officials say the 71-year-old has made “remarkable progress” since suffering an aneurysm three months ago. Though that’s good news for fans of the “Big Yellow Taxi” hitmaker, the papers obtained by TMZ go on to say that the star is still in need of a great amount of help. The court is recommending she remain under the conservatorship of her longtime friend and spokesperson Leslie Morris.
“While (Mitchell) has made great progress toward recovery, the capacity declaration of (neurologist 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.”
The recommendation will see Leslie retain responsibility of Joni’s financial, business and health care decisions.
The singer and songwriter was found unconscious in her home on March 31. She’s currently at home and feeding herself after an extended stay at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Joni regained consciousness en route to the hospital and has been undergoing tests since. Though reports had indicated that the Canadian folk icon is unable to speak, Leslie assured fans that this is untrue and she’s receiving excellent care from caregivers.
“[When I visited her], 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,” says Rebecca.
Leslie’s most recent update echoed the upbeat nature of the documents: “[Joni] is not walking yet, but she will be in the near future as she is undergoing daily therapies. She is resting comfortably in her own home and she’s getting better each day. A full recovery is expected.”
The health scare came just two months after the star’s new campaign for Saint Laurent was revealed. In February, she was also the cover star of New York Magazine’s fashion issue.