Joan Rivers Being Brought Out of Coma but Extent of Damage Is Unknown

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A few days have passed since she stopped breathing during throat surgery, and as of today, Joan Rivers is being brought out of her coma, though the process is a slow one.

A source close to the family told the New York Daily News, "The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday. There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair."

Rivers was placed in the medically induced coma in order to help stabilize her vital signs, and as of yesterday, she was reportedly breathing on life support.

Joan's daughter, Melissa Rivers, has released a new statement, saying, "We are keeping our fingers crossed ..."

But though she appears to be remaining strong, an insider says that Melissa is "totally hysterical and at a loss for what to do," as we can only imagine.

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And while the extent of the possible damage done to Joan will not be known until she is fully out of the coma, a source indicates that the family is angry, and might consider legal action against the clinic where Joan had the procedure done. He/she says, "Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame."

It sounds like we may not hear any more updates on Rivers' status until the middle of this week at best, when there is more information on whether or not she's expected to recover.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa and the rest of Joan's family during this horrible, scary time.

What well wishes would you send to Joan's family?

 

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Rose Berger

Our bes,t wishes and prayers go out to Joan, Melissa and Cooper. Joan has brought more joy to our lives than we can count. Since the first time on Johnny Carson show we have enjoyed being in her company. Her humor, her clothing and jewelry line and anything else she put her mind to, she succeeded beautifully. Though we never met her, it feels as if a close friend were having these health problems, we hope and pray she has a complete and speedy recovery. We love you Joan Rivers. Be well!!!

Marlene Eisenberg

We are praying for her. We wish her a Refuah Shalema.

nonmember avatar a guest

Wishing well to this beloved lady. Love to Melissa and Cooper at the stressful time. Joan is strong and will make it. I feel the anger that is going on like what happened? With any surgery there are risks,especially on the throat. In all my years in the medical field have I heard of Cardiac Arrest due to throat surgery, she could have had a allergic reaction to medication, or simple negligence of the physician. I hope that can be resolved soon. Joan has had so much Plastic Surgery done over the years and she was fine so,something happened during that proceedure. Get well soon Joan. All the best to the family.

nonmember avatar a guest

Wishing well to this beloved lady. Love to Melissa and Cooper at the stressful time. Joan is strong and will make it. I feel the anger that is going on like what happened? With any surgery there are risks,especially on the throat. In all my years in the medical field have I heard of Cardiac Arrest due to throat surgery, she could have had a allergic reaction to medication, or simple negligence of the physician. I hope that can be resolved soon. Joan has had so much Plastic Surgery done over the years and she was fine so,something happened during that proceedure. Get well soon Joan. All the best to the family.

nonmember avatar Carmen

The first comment I would make in support of the family is to pray that they don't have idiots like you cover their story and refer to Joan as a potential "vegetable." Honently, you are supposed to be reporters and writers but your approach is something that I wouldn't even expect from a child that didn't know better.

sassy... sassykat122

Um, Carmen, they are bloggers, so they get to be as inaccurate and insensitive as possoble

nonmember avatar Leigh

Prayers for Joan and her whole family. And just FYI,, every site I've read also states that she has the potential to be a vegetable or in a wheelchair- it's not just this writer.

nonmember avatar Lena

I hope she pulls through for the sake of her family, but I have a really hard time rustling up any sympathy for a woman who is so freakin' crude and heartless. Sometimes what she says is funny, but 85-90% of the time, it is mean-spirited and cruel. I really don't understand why people are gushing like she's a nice person or something.

Roseanna O'Connor

I agree with Lena. This woman is no more important than anyone else on this planet.


 

Geetrude Milkicent Steamweaver

I agree with Lena. Feel for the family but the woman herself is pretty nasty to the world around her at least in the public eye. Maybe it is karma.

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