Report: Joan Rivers being brought out of induced coma, family to sue doctors

Sources tell 'NY Daily News' that River's family considering suing over botched procedure.

September 1, 2014 12:34
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Comedian Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers talks to reporters as she arrives for a gala honoring the late stand-up comedian George Carlin.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The iconic comedian Joan Rivers is being woken up slowly from her medically-induced coma, the New York Daily News reported.

“The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday,” 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.”

It was reported on Sunday by TMZ that the star was on life support and was completely reliant on machines to stay alive.

Additionally, the report states that her family is considering suing the doctors who botched the procedure on her throat that led her to be hospitalized.

“Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” Daily News quoted a source as saying.

On Sunday, sources told TMZ that her family will have to decide in the coming days whether to keep her on life support. According to the report, the family remains hopeful that the 81-year-old “will make a turn for the better and fight through it” if they decide to turn off the machines.

Rivers expressed unequivocal support for Israel during its recent operation in the Gaza Strip.

In January of this year, the comedienne appeared on the Israeli comedy show Matzav HaUma (State of the Nation), which was filmed in New York. The show’s host Lior Schleien joked that she was the only person they could find to say she loves Israel, because “she’s used to saying scandalous things no one else wants to say.”

“If they don’t love you, tell them to go f*ck themselves. Everybody I know loves Israel, but I’m not very popular,” Rivers added before listing the top 10 ways to say “I love Israel.”

Lahav Harkov contributed to this report.

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