Melissa Rivers might sue the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic where her mom Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest. Before suing the clinic, Melissa Rivers is awaiting the outcome of the official medical investigation by the New York State Department of Health. In the meantime, new disturbing details surrounding Joan Rivers’ death are emerging. As reported by ET on Sep. 18, New York entertainment journalist David Caplan says that “for right now a family source tells me that Melissa’s mood has gone from grief to sheer anger.”
As more and more disturbing details are emerging about Joan Rivers’ death, it is no surprise that her daughter Melissa is angry. The only question is – angry at whom?
On Aug. 28, Melissa’s 81-year-old mom went to the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic for what was supposed to be a routine throat procedure to find out why Joan had trouble with her vocal cords and was experiencing hoarseness and throat pain. By conducting an endoscopy, the doctors at the Yorkville clinic in Manhattan were trying to determine whether a gastric issue was the cause of the problem since acid reflux and other stomach problems can affect the throat. Reportedly, while under anesthesia, Dr. Lawrence Cohen (a gastroenterologist and medical director at Yorkville Endoscopy), performed the scheduled endoscopy — but allowed one of Joan Rivers’ doctors to conduct an unscheduled biopsy.
“Joan Rivers’ personal doctor who was working on Joan when she stopped breathing is Dr. Gwen Korovin, who treats the biggest celebs in the world … multiple sources tell TMZ. We’re told Dr. Korovin was not authorized to practice medicine at Yorkville Endoscopy center.”
Dr. Gwen Korovin is an ear, nose, and throat specialist, but she is unaffiliated with the Yorkville clinic, had no authorization to conduct a biopsy on Joan, and to make matters worse – she took a selfie while performing the biopsy on Joan Rivers.
“CNN has reported Joan’s personal physician took a selfie while performing a biopsy on the comedienne. Dr. Korovin’s patient list reads like a celeb who’s who. Her patients include Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, John Mayer, and Brooke Shields.”
Should Melissa Rivers sue Yorkville Endoscopy for allowing an unauthorized doctor to conduct an unplanned biopsy, or should Melissa sue Dr. Korovin for not following protocol (including taking a selfie). Yorkville was not able to provide a signed consent form by Joan Rivers that would have allowed Dr. Korovin to conduct the biopsy.
So far, Melissa has been told that the biopsy caused her mom’s vocal cords to swell up, that it cut off oxygen from her lungs, and that she then went into cardiac arrest which led to Joan Rivers’ death at Mount Sinai Hospital on Sep. 4, one week later. However, until the official medical investigation by the New York State Department of Health is completed, there is a third player that might have contributed to or maybe even caused her mom’s death – Propofol.
Propofol (also known as Diprivan), is a short-acting, intravenously administered hypnotic/amnestic agent often used for simple medical procedures such as endoscopies. Propofol lowers blood pressure and suppresses breathing. Propofol can cause allergic reactions including complications with breathing or the swelling of the vocal cords. “Propofol is also a very good anesthetic for milder sedation used for outpatient surgery because it puts people in a semi-conscious, drowsy state,“ writes Harvard Medical School. Michel Jackson died of acute Propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009, after suffering from cardiac arrest.
Whether Melissa Rivers will decide to sue the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, Dr. Gwen Korovin, or potentially the drug maker will depend on the outcome of the investigation conducted by the New York State Department of Health. “It’s become very clear to Melissa and experts she has spoken to that her mother didn’t have to die. This was a routine endoscopy that went wrong.” Melissa Rivers is not out for any money. She just wants to deal with her anger – and make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.