Even though there are rumors legendary comedian Joan Rivers' procedure was botched, her daughter Melissa remains positive. The “Fashion Police” star is being brought out of her medically induced coma, the New York Daily News reported.
“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement issued to E! News Sunday. ”Thank you for your continued love and support.”
It will take until Tuesday for the comedian to fully wake from the medically induced coma, a source close to the family told the Daily News. “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 family might even take legal action after Rivers’ procedure was apparently mismanaged. “Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” a source said.
“The night before, she was performing and now she is on life support,” the source continued. “An 81-year-old should not have that procedure as an outpatient. Very ill advised.”
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The 81-year-old’s “Fashion Police” costars Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic expressed their well wishes for Rivers on Twitter and George Kotsiopoulos issued a statement to E! News, which is the network that airs the style watch show.
“Social media has really just been very supportive and I think that is important right now if we collectively all just pray for Joan to be well and back and laughing with us very soon," Kotsiopoulos told E! News. "Melissa and Cooper need you. We all need you. The world needs you." Cooper, 13, is Rivers’ only grandchild.
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) August 30, 2014
— Giuliana Rancic (@GiulianaRancic) August 30, 2014
The comedian stopped breathing Thursday during a non-surgical procedure on her throat. Though Melissa remains hopeful, there are reports she is “in denial.”
“She still thinks everything is going to be OK. She is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it,” a source, referring to Melissa, told the New York Daily News. “Others that are close to Joan are starting to realize that the outcome they want is very unlikely.”
A day before she was rushed to the hospital, Rivers spoke at an employee event at Time Inc. in New York. "She was so lively and sweet," a source told E! News. "She even let people take photos with her. She definitely had a lot of energy! She was cracking jokes about everyone from Jay Leno to Jackie O. She was as sharp as she's ever been."
Rivers, who is considered a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy, often filled in for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show.”
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