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Joan Rivers on life support, daughter Melissa says 'keeping our fingers crossed'

Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
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Update: Though Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City has not released any updates regarding Joan Rivers' medical condition, Melissa Rivers - Joan's daughter - made a statement on Sunday. Her latest statement is: "We are keeping our fingers crossed," according to an AOL report on Sunday afternoon. A throng of fans have been gathered outside the hospital where Rivers remains on life support.

Joan Rivers remains on life support as her family and friends keep a vigil at a Manhattan, New York City hospital, according to the Daily News on Sunday. The 81-year-old comedian and television star was placed in a medically induced coma after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest on Thursday. Since then, she has had to depend on machines to keep her alive.

Throughout the incredibly sad medical situation, it has been learned that her daughter Melissa is in denial over her mother’s condition. A source close to the Rivers family said that Melissa thinks everything is going to be fine. The source claims that Melissa is refusing to admit that a world might exist without her mother in it. Other people who are close to the comedian, it has been reported, are beginning to realize that the outcome they want is very unlikely.

However, no decision regarding the future of Rivers will be made for a few days, according to TMZ. Neither the hospital nor daughter Melissa had any comment on Saturday regarding the patient’s medical condition. Sources close to the family say that Rivers would not want to live unless she could enjoy a full and active life. Those who know her well say that she would never want to be a burden on anyone.

Among those who were with Rivers at the hospital were the comedian’s 13-year-old grandson, Cooper, and her daughter’s ex-husband, John Endicott. They were both seen leaving the hospital on Saturday morning in a Lincoln SUV. After leaving the hospital, they went to daughter Melissa’s apartment on the East Side of Manhattan. Rivers is extremely close to her grandson, Cooper, as revealed in her latest book, "Diary of a Mad Diva." Rivers wrote about their times together.

It is not known how long Rivers went without oxygen after the medical mishap on Thursday at her doctor’s office, prior to being brought to Mount Sinai Hospital. Doctors put her in a coma within hours as they tried to assess the damage. Her daughter Melissa was expected to discuss treatment options with the medical care team. But it is now believed that River’s condition got worse at some point. That’s when the decision was made to put her on life support. The source says that as independent as Melissa believes she is, her mother is the center of her life as they live in the same building in Manhattan and work together on the “Fashion Police” television show.

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