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Medical exam reveals concerning details into Princess Kawananakoa's mental state

Princess Abigail Kawananakoa. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file) Princess Abigail Kawananakoa. (Image: Hawaii News Now/file)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A sealed report by court-appointed medical expert concluded that Hawaiian royalty descendant Abigail Kawananakoa “lacks sufficient mental capacity to understand the complexities of her financial situation.”

The report by Los Angeles psychiatrist Dr. David Trader also said that “it is reasonable to believe” that Kawananakoa was physically abused by her wife Veronica Worth.

“If the trust is simply revoked and the trust assets are returned to her as an individual, would Miss Kawananakoa have sufficient cognitive capacity to manage those assets? In my medical opinion, Miss Kawananakoa would not have sufficient mental capacity to do so,” Trader wrote.

Trader was part of the state Probate Court’s review of the 92-year-old heiress' mental fitness after she suffered a stroke-like attack last June.

Her ex-attorney took over her $200 million dollar trust, which was set up to support native Hawaiian charitable causes. But Worth sued to replace him.

Former housekeeper Ashley Thairathom told Hawaii News Now earlier this month that Kawananakoa was affected by her medical emergency.

“After the stroke she really became a different person. It's like the princess we never knew,” she said.

Added Samantha Michel, another former housekeeper:

“She was forgetful, she would ask you the same question after ten or 15 minutes,” she said.

The housekeepers were also the first to document allegations of physical abuse two years ago, taking pictures of bruises on Kawananakoa’s arm and leg. They said Kawananakoa initially told them that Worth caused the injuries.

Worth and Kawananakoa have since denied the abuse allegations but Trader said that the housekeepers’ charges were credible.

“The personal assistants have little to gain by revealing this and a lot to lose,” Trader wrote.

“Even more troubling are the allegations that one of the assistants was threatened with their job if (she) said anything nice to the Special Master or me about (the trustee).”

But Trader’s report was contradicted by a separate legal filing by a court-appointed Special Master James Kawachika.

Kawachika concluded that while Kawananakoa may not able manager her own affairs, she can legally decide who to give her money to.

Whether that money goes to her trust or whether it goes to her wife will be the subject of a court hearing next week.

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