So sad. Hours before her operation, Joan was laughing about going in for a ‘little procedure,’ the comedienne’s close friend, Jay Redack, revealed on Aug. 31.
Joan Rivers, 81, stopped breathing during a routine procedure on Aug. 28. And even though the comedienne wasn’t nervous about the operation on her vocal chords beforehand, doctors fear Joan may now be left as “a vegetable” or “needing a wheelchair.”
Joan Rivers Joked About ‘Little Procedure’ Before Cardiac Arrest
“[Joan] said her throat was bothering her for a long time. Her voice was getting more raspy, if that was possible. She said she was just going in for a little procedure in the morning, that was it,” Jay Redack, Joan’s friend of 40 years, told the Daily News.
Jay said Joan, who went into cardiac and respiratory arrest, was “up and alive and having a ton of fun” at dinner on Aug. 27, hours before her operation. “We laughed our asses off,” he added.
“What’s ironic is at dinner, we were talking about who goes first. I’ve know Joan so damn long,” he said. “I said, ‘Here’s what I’ll leave you if I go first. What’ll you leave me?’ She said, ‘I’ll think about it.'”
On Sunday, Aug. 31, doctors reportedly started bringing the comedienne out a medically induced coma, which will take until Tuesday, Sept. 2. Doctors fear the incident have left Joan as “a vegetable” or “needing a wheelchair.”
Melissa Rivers Thanks Supporters & Gives Update On Mother’s Condition
Joan’s daughter Melissa Rivers, 46, released a statement on Aug. 31, thanking everyone for their messages of support. She also gave a brief update on her mother’s condition.
“My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world,” she said. “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.”
Our thoughts go out to Joan’s family during this difficult time — we can only hope for the legendary comedienne’s recovery.
— Chris Rogers