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Melissa Rivers Opens Up About Medical Failings in Joan Rivers' Death

Melissa Rivers goes shopping for a pair of pants at Theory on Madison Ave with a friend the day after her mother Joan Rivers' funeral in New York City

Credit: Picture by: Turgeon-Steffman / Splash News

It’s been confirmed that Joan Rivers died from complications during an endoscopy and now, the blame is on the Yorkville Endoscopy Center, where she was having the procedure done.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a report that outlines multiple failings on the clinic’s part during the procedure. For instance, doctors did not record the comedienne’s weight before the surgery was done to determine the amount of sedative to administer. Additionally, the clinic “failed to identify deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention.” Plus, among other failings, there was conflicting information about when CPR was delivered after Joan was found to have no pulse and the ENT doctor who performed the procedure wasn’t even a member of the Yorkville staff!

With these facts out there, the late star’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, has issued a statement expressing her disappointment. “Our client, Melissa Rivers, is terribly disappointed to learn of the multiple failings on the part of medical personnel and the clinic as evidenced by the CMS report,” her attorney said. “As any of us would be, Ms. Rivers is outraged by the misconduct and mismanagement now shown to have occurred before, during and after the procedure. Moving forward, Ms. Rivers will direct her efforts towards ensuring that what happened to her mother will not occur again with any other patient.”

A rep for Melissa previously confirmed that the 46-year-old is planning to file a multi-million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the clinic.


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