Melissa Rivers Outraged Over Death Investigation Findings


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Melissa Rivers is allegedly outraged and emotional over the findings of her mother's death investigation. The Department of Health released the report on Monday and claimed that the staff at Yorkville Endoscopy had "failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention."

Melissa's mother, Joan Rivers, died from brain damage as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain. Rivers stopped breathing while undergoing a routine surgery on her throat.

The report also showed that the clinic failed to keep accurate medical records and that there was conflicting information about the amount of Propofol used to sedate Rivers.

The report showed that there were conflicting stories about resuscitation and that one of the surgeons operating on Rivers was not even licensed to perform surgery at the clinic.

The clinic will lose its certification Jan. 7 unless it fixes the deficiencies found by state investigators and reported to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the federal report.

The clinic plans to make the necessary fixes and released a statement about the report.

"The regulatory agencies are currently reviewing the corrective plan of action and have been in regular contact with Yorkville," the clinic's statement said. "In addition, the physicians involved in the direct care and treatment referenced in the report no longer practice or provide services at Yorkville."

Melissa Rivers' attorneys released a statement on her behalf and said that she is upset over the findings but ready to move forward and prevent a similar incident from happening to someone else.

"As any of us would be, Ms. Rivers is outraged by the misconduct and mismanagement now shown to have occurred before, during and after the procedure," attorneys Jeffrey B. Bloom and Ben Rubinowitz said Monday in a prepared statement. "Moving forward, Ms. Rivers will direct her efforts towards ensuring that what happened to her mother will not occur again with any other patient."