Joan Rivers may be left brain damaged
Doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York have begun trying to rouse comedian Joan Rivers from a medically induced coma, amidst fears the star could be left brain damaged or in a wheelchair.
A source close to the family has told the New York Daily News, Rivers may have serious brain damage following a heart attack on Thursday, which deprived her brain of oxygen.
“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,” said the source.
The 81-year-old was undergoing a routine procedure on her throat last week when she went into cardiac arrest. Just the night before she had been performing her stand up routine at New York’s Laurie Beechman Theatre – she had even quipped about her advanced age and suggested she could drop dead at any moment.
Rivers’ daughter Melissa has released a statement that her mother’s condition was serious but stable and that they are keeping their fingers crossed for a full recovery.
The source suggested the family was considering suing the medical centre where the procedure had taken place which led to Rivers’ heart attack.