Casey Kasem's wife Jean has won a court order to have the radio legend's feeding tubes reinserted, after his daughter had them removed.

Kerri Kasem broke down in tears Monday over news her estranged stepmother got her wish.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy made his ruling Monday after Jean, 59, traveled from Washington state to appear in court, according to the New York Daily News.

"Only God knows when to take someone," Jean told the judge, according to the Associated Press.

She also said she wants to regain her role as her husband's caretaker. NBC News reported she dropped to her knees in a courtroom hallway and repeatedly wailed, "Please don't kill my husband."

Kerri has been with her father at a Washington state hospital for nine days, after getting her own court order to take charge of her father's medical affairs. She hospitalized him, days after Jean took him from Los Angeles to a home in Washington without telling his family. Kasem suffers from dementia and has a serious infection resulting from at least one bed sore.

Kerri said stopping her father's nutrition and fluids was the hardest decision she's ever made.

"We have tried everything to keep him alive. We did put him back on fluids, but we had to take him off again because his lungs were filling up. It sounded like he was drowning. It was excruciating to watch," Kerri, 41, told the Daily News on Monday.


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"The feeding was backing up because he can't digest," she said, her voice choking with emotion. "This is breaking my heart. We've been trying for nine days to keep him alive. There's nothing we want more than for our dad to be here with us."

Kerri; brother Mike, 40; and sister Julie, 38, released a statement before Monday's hearing saying they've been keeping vigil at their father's hospital bed since June 1 and wanted Jean to join them.

The news reported the family urged Jean to return to St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor so they could all be there for their father's last moments.

"It's very important to set everything aside and focus on my dad," Kerri told The Daily News on Friday. "We will set aside our differences to be with my father, all of us, because if he opens his eyes and sees us standing there together, I know it will give him so much peace. I pray to God we can do this."

In his order, Judge Murphy said Kasem should be given nutrition and hydration while a court-appointed attorney travels to Washington and meets with his doctors. There will be another hearing on the matter Friday.

Kasem is in the late stages of Lewy Body Disease, a progressive form of dementia that robs many patients of the ability to talk and walk. Reports said he was put in intensive care June 1 in critical condition with an infection related to a "serious" bed sore, the hospital said in a statement.

Tony Hicks provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Contact him at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.