Amid wide-ranging reports on the condition of comedienne Joan Rivers — with some reports hinting that she is near death while others say she’s on the road to recovery — her daughter issued a statement today confirming that her mother remains on life support, the New York Daily News reports.
The short statement from Melissa Rivers says: “On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’re received. 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.”
Fox 411 reported that “Rivers’ E! colleague Ken Baker insisted on Tuesday that the sharp-tongued TV host was doing better, though her family’s statement seems to contradict the claim.
” ‘I spoke to someone who is close to the situation and has been to the hospital,’ he said during a daily webcast. ‘She is still in serious condition, however, the source that I spoke to said things are progressing. She is on the road to recovery … this is not some dire, doomsday situation like you may have read.’ ”
Melissa Rivers’ statement today comes five days after Joan Rivers reportedly went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a routine medical procedure.
As we reported earlier today, Rivers, 81, was due to be assessed by doctors today at Mount Sinai Hospital after being brought out of a medically induced coma, with a focus in particular on determining the extent of any brain damage.
“Doctors at Mount Sinai had initially placed Rivers into a medically induced coma as they began running tests on the Emmy-winning talk show host,” the Daily News story reports. “The medical team is hoping to get a read on any damage caused when Rivers stopped breathing last Thursday morning at an Upper East Side clinic. Rivers was getting her throat checked out.”