Joan Rivers is in recovery after she stopped breathing on an operating table on Thursday.
E!’s “Fashion Police” host went into cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing throat surgery at a medical clinic, according to USA Today. The facility does minor procedures and is housed about a mile away from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Joan was immediately rushed to the hospital by an ambulance and she was in critical condition upon arrival. She is now on the mend. The style critic’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, flew in from Los Angeles to be by her mother’s side, and she’s happy to see her mother make it through what could have been a deadly episode.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family,” Melissa said in a statement. “We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
This was a far different outcome for the procedure than Joan was expecting as she had been scheduled to perform standup comedy in New Jersey the following night. She’d gone in for it between show
“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,’” Michael Lucas, who had been at Joan’s show on Wednesday told CNN. “Then she mimicked people talking about what it was like to see her drop dead on stage.”
Having been in the audience, Joan’s emergency took him completely by surprise as he recalls how lively she was during her set on Wednesday. “There was no sign [that] night that she was declining,” he said. “Her show was over an hour long and she never stumbled or even paused to catch her breath.”