Doctors to assess extent of Rivers’ brain damage
WATCH: Friends, fans and family remain hopeful for a full recovery for 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers.
TORONTO — Joan Rivers is being brought out of a medically-induced coma this week so doctors can determine the extent of brain damage she suffered after she stopped breathing Aug. 28.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” the comedian’s daughter Melissa said Sunday in a statement.
Rivers, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City after going into cardiac arrest during a procedure on her vocal chords at a clinic.
She remains in critical but stable condition.
According to the New York Daily News, doctors will evaluate her brain function Tuesday.
The newspaper quotes a source as saying Rivers’ family and close friends are worried she will be left in a vegetative state.
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received,” Melissa said in a statement Tuesday.
“At this time she does remain on life support. I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers.”
This story has been updated since originally posted.
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