Melissa Rivers is suing the Yorkville Endoscopy Center, where her mother Joan Rivers, underwent surgery that caused her death. According to news reports “doctors performed procedures beyond what Joan had consented to while she was sedated – and failed to realize she was losing oxygen until it was too late. They also continued to operate even as Joan was in an extremely hypotensive and bradycardic state, meaning she had low blood pressure and heart rate”.
Dr. Gwen Korovin, who allegedly was not given the consent to perform the surgery or even be present in the operating room, performed the unapproved laryngoscopies. Reportedly, none of the doctors named in the suit were properly trained to handle emergency complications.
Melissa said “What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through. The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible. Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better. It is my goal to make sure that this kind of horrific medical treatment never happens to anyone again.”
Let’s not forget, Korovin and Dr. Lawrence Cohen took a selfie with Joan as she lied unconscious on the operating table.