Joan River To Remain In Medically Induced Coma Until Weekend
Joan Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma Thursday — just hours after cracking jokes on stage about her own mortality.
Emergency workers pulled the unresponsive comic from an Upper East Side doctor’s office where Rivers was in the midst of a procedure on her vocal cords, sources told the Daily News. The comic and fashion critic was rushed about 9:40 a.m. from Yorkville Endoscopy on E. 93rd St. to Mount Sinai Hospital.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother,” Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement Thursday night.
The daughter, 46, arrived at the hospital in a Chevrolet Suburban with tinted windows just after 8 p.m. She entered through a shipping and receiving gate and was whisked up to the 11th-floor luxe suites to see her mother.
“She is resting comfortably and is with our family,” Melissa Rivers said. “We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
The medical emergency was a shocking turn from the night before when Rivers left ’em laughing during a standup show where she joked about her time remaining on Earth.
“She did a joke onstage, she goes, ‘I’m 81 — I could go at any moment,’” recounted Shade Rupe, 45, who attended the Wednesday night show at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. “‘I could fall over right here and you all could say, ‘I was there!’”
Unfortunately Joan might just have breathed life into her morbid wise crack.
Rivers, who was in critical condition late Thursday, will remain in a coma until the weekend, when doctors will discuss with her daughter the damage caused when her mother fell unconscious during a routine visit.
“They don’t know how long she was starved of oxygen,” a source said.
Our thoughts are with Joan’s family, and we’ll continue you to update you as to her condition as more details emerge.
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