Usher’s Stepson May Be Taken Off Life Support When His Insurance Coverage Expires


Since we first heard about the terrible accident the news has progressively gotten worse, but we continue to hope for the best for Kyle Glover and his family. As many of you remember, Kyle is Usher’s stepson, and (Usher’s ex-wife) Tameka Foster’s eldest son. A family friend on a jet ski accidentally ran into Kyle and the 15-year old girl with him, leaving Kyle Glover (11-years old) brain dead. The young girl was also badly hurt, but is expected to make a full recovery. Today we learn that Kyle Glover may not be able to stay on life support when his insurance coverage expires in the coming months. Details inside.

TMZ has the report:

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

Sources close to the family tell TMZ … Tameka has not lost hope that her son, Kyle Glover, can make a drastic recovery … despite doctors declaring him brain dead last week following a jet ski accident. We’re told she is telling friends … she still believes in miracles.

According to our sources, Tameka can only keep Kyle on life-support as long as her insurance company agrees to pay … otherwise she doesn’t have the funds to cover the enormous hospital bills.

We’re told the insurance company hasn’t set a specific deadline, but they’ve made it clear … they’re only willing to shell out coverage for a couple months … tops.

Our sources say that Usher — who helped raise Kyle for several years — has been incredibly supportive in this difficult time… but has NOT offered to pay for any medical bills. We’re told Tameka does not see him as a viable financial option.

Read more here.

I saw a lot of really insensitive comments about this on TMZ, which was unsettling considering how awful things already are for this family. A mother is dealing with the possibility of losing her child, that’s it. It’s tragic and unfortunate and I wouldn’t assume to tell any individual how to deal with such a blow, nor will I get into the question of who should be paying for what. The whole situation is horrifying.

As always, I send well wishes to the family, for whatever it’s worth. And I hope that whatever the outcome, they find some peace.

  • krib

    Why doesnt Usher just pay for it?

  • Ashley Melissa

    As I nurse I see so many families keep people alive (most of them are in vegetative state so not brain dead) when they have no chance at ever recovering and all they do is suffer. Eventually this young boy will become septic and waste away. Most likely he will go back and forth from ICU to med-surg floor and back to ICU. I couldn’t imagine having to make this decision but I’m glad I know the great deal of suffering these patient’s and their families go through so that its easier to make the right choice for my family memeber instead of keeping them here for me. Hopefully she is able to make a decision before the insurance company makes one for her and maybe be able to give other people the gift of life through organ donation.

  • ladysurgeon

    It is a difficult concept to wrap one’s head around (especially if you are not in the medical field and/or have been spared prior experience with these tragic situations) but, if the media reporting is accurate and this poor little boy has truly met the very strict brain death criterion (which is in short no brainstem function remaining)then he is already dead – there will be no different outcome than that. He is not alive – his lungs are being ventilated by a machine, his heart beats only because he is being oxygenated and the myocardial cells maintain their intrinsic electrical activity (cardiac cells will also beat in a petri dish outside of a human body)…Hospitals will with sensitivity allow the family time to begin to accept and understand that their family member is already dead – the body will be maintained on life support machines for a limited period of time but there is NO reason to maintain this indefinitely. I am both a mother and a surgeon and have been faced with these situations many, many times….I have witnessed the grief too many times and I have also been a part of the extreme, sincere, genuine, kind manner in which health care professionals help to support families during these sorts of tragic, unexpected crises. It is all the more difficult since it involves a young child. Everyone grieves for the family and the situation is handled with dignity. That said (resources, expenses, etc aside), it is also inappropriate to indefinitely maintain the body of someone who has already passed on. One way in which they may choose to honor their son would be to agree to organ donation so that other children may enjoy continued life in the face of his death.

    • Kristy

      What a beautiful, touching response to such a tragic story. Kudos to you for all that you do as a health care professional.

    • gayana

      I enjoyed your response, but have a question. At what point does the soul leave the body then? to me the person isn’t dead as long as the soul is present with the body. Is the soul gone? is it still there?

      My point it from the scientific point of view what you are saying is absolutely right, but we, humans, are so limited in our knowledge that what if by unplugging him they’re letting his soul leave the body? in that case, this would a murder to me….

  • blaqfury

    This is just a sad situation all around. I can’t even imagine what Tameka must be going thru. I hope that they make the decision that is best for her son and as well for her emotionally. I just hope that she’s able to make the decision in her own time and not forced to make one.

  • Kelly

    120% agree with ladysurgeon and at this point it isn’t Usher’s responsibility to foot that kind of medical bill. Very, Very sad situation however, the mother has an opportunity to save countless lives with his organs that will otherwise go to waste if it isn’t already too late. Insurance companies set timelines like that for good reason. I’m surprised that they don’t stop paying within 24 hrs of being declared brain dead.

  • Tiffany

    How awful :(

  • Yeah, to expect Usher to foot that kind of medical bill, probably close to a million… Isn’t right.

    We had to make this call with my Oma three years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer and took a rapid decline into coma. She never was declared brain-dead, but she was no longer with us. It was an incredibly painful moment in time I would never wish on anyone but I agree with ladysurgeon, from a medical standpoint it’s not right to keep them alive. Spiritually it’s a hard decision.

    I do hope they make the decision before the insurance company does. I hope they find peace and rest and comfort in their decision too.

  • JEM

    I saw Tameka at an event 2 summers ago.
    I can’t imgaine what she must be going through.
    I wish the family a peaceful outcome.

  • Tracy

    What a cute little boy. My prayers go out to the family.