Joan Rivers remains in critical condition, family may turn off life support
Joan Rivers family are facing the heartbreaking decision of taking the 81-year-old comedian off life support after she went into cardiac arrest following a routine procedure to repair her vocal chords.
The star of TVs Fashion Police was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital last Thursday following complications during surgery. She was placed into a medically induced coma and is on life support.
It was initially hoped Rivers would make a full recovery, but reports have surfaced that Rivers has not responded to treatments.
Sources told the Daily News that Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is “in denial” over her mother’s condition.
“She still thinks everything is going to be OK. She is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it,” said a family friend. “Others that are close to Joan are starting to realize that the outcome they want is very unlikely.”
Well wishes for he comedian’s recovery have been flooding twitter.
Rivers' daughter has released a statement thanking everyone for their messages of support.
She said: "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world.
"Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery."
TMZ has reported no decision has yet been made on removing the life support - whch is allowing Rivers to breathe - however medical staff are concerend with the length of time Rivers' brain went without oxygen during the cardiac episode.