Melissa Rivers has been at Joan Rivers’ side today, and new reports suggest that she is her mother’s power of attorney. According to Hollywood Life, Melissa might be forced to make some very difficult decisions about her mom in the coming days. Sources say that this is going to be a very trying time for Melissa, who rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan after learning that her mother had suffered cardiac arrest.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Joan Rivers stopped breathing while she was having a procedure done on her vocal chords at a clinic in New York. The 81-year-old was rushed to the hospital just before 10 a.m. on Thursday where she was listed in critical condition. There have been several reports that Rivers has been placed into a medically induced coma, and that she is stable, but her condition is still very serious.
Melissa Rivers has released a statement about her mother, but she did not give away too many details. According to Us Weekly, Melissa simply let everyone know that her mother was “resting comfortably,” and that she was so thankful for the love and support for her and her mom throughout the day.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”
While not too much is being said, a source revealed that Melissa is “freaking out.”
“It is very very bad and very touch-and-go right now, but if any decisions have to be made on pulling the plug they will not be made until Melissa get all the facts and is at the hospital. It is a bit of hysteria right now and, to be expected, Melissa is freaking out. The long weekend is going to be very challenging and trying.”
It is unclear if Joan Rivers had an advance directive — a legal document that states your wishes if you are ever in a position that you can’t speak those decisions. In other words, if Rivers has stated that she would not want to be on life support for an extended period of time, the hospital would need to grant those wishes… by law. You can read more about advance directives here.
Everyone hopes that Joan Rivers pulls through, and that the rumors are not true.
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