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article imageMount Sinai doctors attempt to bring Rivers out of induced coma

By Nancy Houser     Sep 2, 2014 in Entertainment
New York - Top headlines have Joan Rivers wildly oscillating from being on a life support machine, to the family suing the hospital, and then having the doctors slowly bringing her out of a medically-induced coma — all headlines ranging nine hours apart.
But one thing is for sure, “The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday,” a source close to the family said. The extent of damage to her brain and its functions cannot be accessed until she fully awakens from the medically induced coma. Up until this process, 'it was earlier reported that the star was on life support and was “completely reliant” on machines to stay alive, with her family facing the decision of whether to keep Rivers on life support or switch it off.'
Her daughter, 46-year-old Melissa Rivers, is praying for a miracle after her mother's wake-up procedure began on Sunday, not quite accepting that there is a possibility her mother's motor skills could be compromised.
According to New York Daily News, a negative picture is that she will be left a vegetable or in a wheelchair. Those who know her well recognize this is nothing the host of Fashion Police would accept for herself. A lot has to do with how long River remained unconscious on Thursday morning in surgery, before she entered intensive care at Mount Sinai Hospital.
What is ironically hilarious, and will be to Joan RIvers if she fully awakens, is that she was doing a stand-up act the night before she was rushed to the hospital — one that focused on her own death.
“It’s hard getting old,” she told the crowd at the Laurie Beechman Theater on August 27. “I’m getting so old. I am now 81 years old, I could die at any second! Pufft, like that.
“Do you understand you would have something to talk about the rest of your life? You were there! I was there, she just went over,” Rivers joked to her laughing fans.
On Monday, the 81-year-old legendary comedienne still remained on life-support machines and is in serious condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. However, physicians are looking at Tuesday for signs of Rivers waking up from her coma.
NOTE: From Mashable.com, published five hours ago,
"The newspaper also reported that Rivers' family may bring a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, the outpatient healthcare facility where the comedian underwent the surgery that resulted in life-threatening complications. “Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” the source said.
The routine endoscopic procedure Rivers underwent involves using a small camera to look at the vocal cords. Any procedure involving the throat or vocal cords comes with a risk of spasm in the airway, called a laryngospasm, which can lead to depletion of oxygen and cardiac arrest."
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