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Joan Rivers: Is she hanging on by a thread, or will she emerge her old self?

Joan Rivers, the iconic 81-year-old comedian, is reportedly resting comfortably in a New York hospital after suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest, following a procedure at a medical clinic Thursday. Joan's daughter Melissa Rivers issued a statement Friday saying she was touched by all the outpouring of prayers and support for her famous mother, according to CNN on Friday, Aug. 29.

Joan Rivers is in a medically induced coma in a NCY hospital following an outpatient procedure on her vocal chords, here she's seen with the love of her life daughter Melissa.
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Details continue to be sketchy as to how serious Joan Rivers' condition actually is. What is known is that the elder Rivers is in a medically induced coma. The all important question seems to be whether Ms. Rivers suffered brain-damaging lack of oxygen to her brain.

Here's the details: Joan Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery at a NY clinic. Rivers was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

But as more details emerge, and with news of the seriousness of what happened to Rivers, what actually happened to the comedian still remain unknown. Melissa maintains that her condition remains serious, but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible.

Melissa has also pleaded that fans keep her in their thoughts as we all pray for her recovery. According to NY first responders, Joan stopped breathing during a throat procedure at a nearby Manhattan clinic. She was rushed by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

A Wednesday night audience member at Joan's show in NYC, Michael Lucas, told CNN that typically she joked about death. "You know I'm 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life," Lucas said. "Then she mimicked people talking about what it was like to see her drop dead on stage."

Dr. Max Gomez of CBS 2 said even if Rivers' throat procedure was promised to be routine and of an outpatient nature, risks of serious complications are always present. There is the possibility of heart arrhythmias, and breathing can stop. "You never know...the elderly tend to metabolize medications a little bit differently," Gomez said.

Joan Rivers is considered one of the most prolific and funny persons to ever grace the comedy stage. May she make a quick and full recovery. One thing's for sure, we all love you Joan!