Joan Rivers’ Daughter Melissa Sues Doctors Who Treated Her Mother

January 27, 2015 1:09 pm

Melissa Rivers has filed a malpractice lawsuit against the doctors who
treated her mother Joan for a standard medical procedure. Joan Rivers
stopped breathing and died from complications stemming from the

Rivers issued a statement on her decision.
 “What ultimately guided me
was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through
what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through. The level of
medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior
is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.”
Rivers was being treated at Yorkville Endoscopy for voice changing and
acid reflux problems in late August of 2014. While undergoing a routine
procedure, Rivers went into cardiac arrest and died from a lack of
oxygen to her brain. She was taken off of life support on Sept. 4.
the errors found to be committed by the staff at Yorkville Endoscopy
after a federal investigation was ordered were failure to keep proper
medical records, failure to get consent for every procedure to be
performed, and allowing an unauthorized doctor to take several cell
phone photos while Rivers was under. The lawsuit also says an additional
procedure, a laryngoscopy, was performed without Rivers’ consent.
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