Joan Rivers was moved out of the intensive care unit at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City on Tuesday night because “nothing more could be done” for the ailing comedienne, an insider tells RadarOnline.com. Now, as the iconic star is “being kept alive by machines,” says the source, her daughter Melissa faces a heartbreaking decision.
“Joan was moved out of the ICU at Mount Sinai on Tuesday night,” an insider told Radar.
But far from a sign of progress, “The decision to move her from the specialized medical unit at the hospital came after it was determined by doctors that nothing more could be done for Joan,” said the source. “Joan does remain on life support and is being kept alive by the machines. Part of her medical care includes giving her TPN’s (Total Parenteral Nutrition), and fluids to keep her hydrated.”
Her daughter, Melissa, “has been by her mother’s side consistently,” the source revealed, ever since she was admitted to the hospital last week following an incident of cardiac or respiratory arrest sustained during throat surgery.
“It’s very sweet to witness how attentive Melissa is to her mother,” the source continued. “Melissa is Joan’s power of attorney, and she could be facing a very tough decision very soon: whether or not to take her mother off of life support. Everyone is hoping for a miracle, but it isn’t looking likely.”
Earlier Wednesday, Melissa released a statement about her mother’s condition.
“My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support, ” the statement said.
Media reports have claimed that Joan’s advanced medical directive stated she didn’t want to be on life support.