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Doctors: Joan Rivers could end up in vegetative state or in wheelchair

As comedienne Joan Rivers is being brought out of her medically-induced coma, there are fears that she could end up in a vegetative state, or in a wheelchair. 

Rivers, 81, has been hospitalised since Thursday, when she suffered cardiac arrest after her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan clinic, her family and hospital officials said.

A source close to the family told New York Daily News: "The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday.

"There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair."

According to the source, the family is considering a lawsuit over the complications that have arisen over what should have been a routine throat procedure. 

"Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame,” added the source. 

Daughter Melissa Rivers, in a statement released by Mt Sinai Hospital, said: “Thank you for your continued love and support.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” she said.

Source: New York Daily News

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