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Joan Rivers Remains On Life Support As Focus Turns To Possible Medical Malpractice Suit

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Sep. 4 2014, Published 8:10 a.m. ET

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Joan Rivers remained on life support in a private room at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital early Thursday, while the clinic where she initially suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure on her vocal cords has come under scrutiny, following the comedy legend’s swift downturn in health.

According to online reports, the New York Dept. of Health has twice been in contact with the clinic, Yorkville Endoscopy, following Rivers’ medical incident a week ago; the NY Daily News earlier reported that Rivers’ family could file a medical malpractice suit against the clinic.

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As we previously reported, Melissa Rivers issued a brief statement Wednesday, saying that her “mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable.”

A source told Wednesday that the caring daughter “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.”

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In related news, a legal scrum the Fashion Police host, 81, was involved in (alongside other residents of the Upper East Side building she lives) wrapped up this week in Manhattan Supreme Court, when resident Elizabeth Hazan came to an undisclosed settlement in a $15 million suit she filed against the building’s board (which Rivers is a member of). While she had harsh words for Rivers during the legal wrangling, Hazan told the paper she wished her famous neighbor “a speedy recovery.”

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