Joan Rivers Moved Out of ICU According to New Statement by Melissa (VIDEO)
UPDATE (9/3/2014, 1:30p.m. ET): Daughter Melissa Rivers issued a statement updating the public on Joan Rivers' status on Wedenesday, September 3.
"My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable," the statement reads. "Thank you for your continued support." She remains on life support according to an E! News source. She remains in our thoughts as we await further updates.
UPDATE (9/2/2014, 1:00p.m. ET): According to the most recent statement from daughter Melissa to NBC News, Joan Rivers remains on life support. "On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received. At this time she does remain on life support," Melissa's statement reads, adding continued gratitude for the public response in light of Joan's serious condition. "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."
ORIGINAL STORY (9/2/2014, 9:00 a.m. ET): Joan Rivers may not be showing signs of recovery just yet, but it’s time to take the next step toward finding out what her prognosis is. After a routine inpatient throat surgery gone wrong, Joan has been lifted out of her medically induced coma as of Sunday, August 31.
According to the New York Daily News, doctors at Mount Sinai Hospital have started the process of bringing the 81-year-old comedienne out of her coma to find out how and if she will respond without it. Sources close to the situation say that this process could take as long as Tuesday to complete.
“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 source says.
Because of this, Joan’s family is reportedly considering a lawsuit against Yorkville Endoscopy, where Joan’s original procedure took place. And meanwhile, Joan’s only daughter and partner in comedy, Melissa, is trying to remain upbeat, although she’s devastated about what the future could hold for her mom.
“[She’s] totally hysterical and at a loss for what to do,” the source says. “They won’t know the extent of the damage until Tuesday at the earliest.”
Fingers crossed for the best possible outcome for Joan and her family come Tuesday. Get well soon, Joan! The world needs you to keep making us laugh.