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Iconic queen of comedy Joan Rivers remains in comatose condition

The snarky, edgy, sometimes politically incorrect, queen of acerbic banter, Joan Rivers remains in comatose condition at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The 81-year-old went to the hospital last Thursday, August 28 following a doctor’s appointment.

Rivers with daughter Melissa
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USA reported today, August 29, that Rivers has been in a medically induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital since going into cardiac respiratory arrest during outpatient vocal cord surgery Thursday in New York. The news source said that day, her daughter and frequent co-star, Melissa, released a statement to E! News thanking family, friends and fans for their well wishes: "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. Her condition remains serious but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery."

Medically induced, 24- to 48-hour comas, according to Scientific American, along with mild hypthermia are used to slow down metabolism and limit neurological function allowing the brain to heal after being starved of oxygen during arrest and reducing the odds of long-term brain damage. “So basically what happens with a medically induced coma is that you take a drug and administer it until you see a certain pattern in the monitor that follows the patient's brain waves, he EEG [electroencephalogram]. Patients with brain injuries who are in a coma have a similar pattern. If that pattern is there, then you feel comfortable that the patient is in a drug-induced coma. You are doing it so that you can hopefully protect the brain.”

Hollywood is pulling for Rivers, perhaps with not quite the fervor as they mourned the recent suicide death of Robin Williams, but in typical tinsel town , ‘there’s no people like show people”-style.

Years ago your LA Travel Diva Examiner went backstage with her husband Richard who interviewed her for an magazine article. We had gone to one of her Las Vegas shows. She looked very different back there before all her plastic surgery ie: a lot less glamorous. But her act was pretty much the same as today, only if memory serves me, a tad bit less acerbic.

We wish you well Joan Rivers.

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