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Joan Rivers taken out of intensive care unit

Joan Rivers on July 1, 2014.
Joan Rivers on July 1, 2014.
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Joan Rivers has been moved to a private room from the intensive care unit (ICU) at the New York City hospital, says her daughter Melissa Rivers who released a statement on Wednesday afternoon. Joan Rivers has been hospitalized at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York for six days. Last Thursday she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she went into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a throat procedure at a doctor’s office in Manhattan, according to a Fox News report on Wednesday.

Daughter Melissa says that her mother, who is still in a comatose state, was shifted from the intensive care unit to a private room at the hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The two-sentence statement to the media from Rivers’ daughter did not give any reason as to why the decision was made to more her mother out of ICU. The statement simply said that her mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. The statement also read, “Thank you for your continued support.”

Joan Rivers, the 81-year-old comedian and television star, has been kept alive for the past six days on life support. According to reports, the best case scenario for the show business star would be recovery via months of rehabilitation. Naturally, that would keep the otherwise-very-active comedian off the stage and off television for a lengthy period of time, according to a Daily News report.

Rivers has been active in show business for more than 50 years. She has performed her comedy routines continually on stage. She also stars in television programs. Currently, she is likely best known for her involvement with the program “Fashion Police.” Additionally, she writes books. This summer she released “Diary of a Mad Diva” and she had been touring extensively to promote the book.