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Doctors at the clinic where a botched Joan Rivers‘ procedure ended tragically, are being blasted after it was revealed they took selfies with the comedian while she lay unconscious.
Rivers was undergoing an unplanned biopsy, performed without her consent, when something went terribly wrong, resulting in her death.
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The cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers’ death happened as the comedian’s personal doctor began performing a biopsy on her vocal cords, a source close to the death investigation told CNN. A staff member at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia, the source said. Rivers, 81, was at the clinic for a scheduled endoscopy by another doctor, gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen. That procedure, intended to help diagnose her hoarse voice and sore throat, involved the insertion of a camera down her throat. After Cohen, the clinic’s medical director, finished his work, a biopsy was done on Rivers without her prior consent. source.
According to investigators, it was during an unscheduled biopsy that Joan’s vocal chords began to swell eventually cutting off oxygen to her lungs.
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