Joan Rivers’ Doctors Didn’t Have Proper Drug to Save Comedienne’s Life

Joan's Docs Made Mistakes
Joan Rivers' clinic didn't follow proper medical protocol, says report.
Melissa Suing Docs
Melissa Rivers is suing Joan Rivers' doctors for malpractice.
Not only did the clinic where Joan Rivers went for a throat surgery failed to follow proper medical procedures, but it also didn’t have a critical drug on its crash cart to help revive the comedienne when she stopped breathing.

According to TMZ, the Yorkville Endoscopy Center in New York City did not have Succinylcholine — a drug used to relax a patient’s trachea — on hand, which could’ve been used on Rivers when her vocal chords closed.

A report from the Department of Health and Human Services released this week also suggested that Rivers’ doctors failed to notice her plummeting oxygen levels, resulting in her cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Rivers, 81, passed away on Sept. 4 after being put into a medically-induced coma. Her official cause of death was hypoxic arrest.

Currently, the late comedienne’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, is suing her late mother’s doctors for medical malpractice and wrongful death. Her attorneys has released a statement on behalf of their client in the wake of the news of that Yorkville Endoscopy Center may have made a mistake during Joan’s medical procedure, reading:

Our client, Melissa Rivers, is terribly disappointed to learn of the multiple failings on the part of medical personnel and the clinic as evidenced by the CMS report. As any of us would be, Ms. Rivers is outraged by the misconduct and mismanagement now shown to have occurred before, during and after the procedure. Moving forward, Ms. Rivers will direct her efforts towards ensuring that what happened to her mother will not occur again with any other patient.

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