Melissa Rivers Releases Statement, Mom Reportedly Coming Out Of ComaBy: Amanda Crum - September 2, 2014
Melissa Rivers issued a statement over the weekend regarding her mother Joan, saying the family is keeping their fingers crossed that she comes out of her medically-induced coma with no ill effects.
Rivers, 81, was put into the coma by doctors after she reportedly stopped breathing during surgery on her throat. According to a source close to the family, doctors have slowly started the process of bringing her around, which may take several hours.
“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,” the source told the Daily News.
The comedian dropped by Late Night with Seth Meyers recently to promote her new book and seemed in good health but said she travels a lot between New York and L.A.
The Daily News also reported that Rivers’ family may bring a lawsuit to Yorkville Endoscopy, the group that performed her procedure, but that has not been confirmed.