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Joan Rivers on life support. Family may face tough decision on her life

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: SiriusXM's Unmasked Special With Joan Rivers at SiriusXM on June 30, 2014 in New York City.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 30: SiriusXM's Unmasked Special With Joan Rivers at SiriusXM on June 30, 2014 in New York City.
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Joan Rivers has been updated to stable condition; however, she is totally dependent on life support machines. BroadwayWorld, August 30, 2014, reports that if she does not improve, her family will face the toughest decision of their lives. Will they keep her on life support, or let her go?

Joan underwent scoping of her vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy in New York when she suddenly stopped breathing. She went into cardiac and repertory arrest. She was transported by ambulance to the MT. Sinai Hospital. Because the doctors did not know the extent of the damage she suffered from the lack of oxygen, they put her in a coma.

Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers gave a statement released by the hospital. She said, "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."

Joan had an active career spanning over six decades. In the 1950's, she did several off-off Broadway plays. In 1968, she had her own daytime syndicated talk show, “That Show with Joan Rivers.” In the 1970's, she started writing and directing movies. Her career took off. She started selling her own jewelry line on QVC and writing her own books. In 2009, she won Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Lately, Joan’s brand of humor was getting her in trouble, but she never let that stop her. She had 26 appearances scheduled in the next three months. Her last performance was the night before her vocal cord scoping. She made the remark, “I’m 81, I could go at any minute.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and her family as they go through this period of their lives.