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Melissa Rivers may face decision to switch off Joan's life support

Published 04/09/2014 | 10:56

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Joan Rivers is seen at LAX airport on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Joan Rivers is seen at LAX airport on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

Melissa Rivers is reportedly “facing tough decisions” over whether to turn off her mother's life support.

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The comedienne (81) was hospitalised on August 28 after going into cardiac arrest while undergoing a procedure at a New York City doctor’s office, according to ABC News.

Joan was taken out of the intensive care unit and apparently Melissa has been worried about what might happen next.

“[Melissa] has been by her mother’s side consistently. It’s very sweet to witness how attentive Melissa is to her mother,” a source told Radar Online.

 “Melissa is Joan’s 'power of attorney', and she could be facing a very tough decision very soon: whether or not to take her mother off of life support. Everyone is hoping for a miracle, but it isn’t looking likely.”

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Sources revealed to the New York Daily News doctors are currently attempting to lift the Fashion Police host from a medically induced coma.

As she finds consciousness again from the deep sleep, it is claimed physicians were to do experiments on the extent of brain damage she may have received.

And according to Radar, the final diagnosis may not be optimistic.

“The decision to move her from the specialised medical unit at the hospital came after it was determined by doctors that nothing more could be done for Joan,” the insider said.

“Joan does remain on life support and is being kept alive by the machines. Part of her medical care includes giving her TPN’s (Total Parenteral Nutrition), and fluids to keep her hydrated.”

A day after confirming her mother was on life support, Melissa released a statement Wednesday sharing that her condition appears to have improved.

"My mother has been moved out of intensive care and into a private room where she is being kept comfortable. Thank you for your continued support,” she told ABC News.

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