Janette Carter, the last surviving child of country royalty The Carter Family, is fighting for her life after being admitted to the intensive care unit on a Kingsport, Tennessee, medical centre.

The 82-year-old singer is being treated for a variety of chronic ailments, including Parkinson's Disease and an infected gall bladder duct.

Carter has been recovering at the medical centre after falling and breaking her wrist on Christmas Day (25DEC05), but was transported to the emergency room on Tuesday (17JAN06) and then onto the intensive care unit.

Carter is the late JUNE CARTER CASH's cousin.