A federal investigation into the death of Joan Rivers has revealed that doctors at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic made a series of preventable mistakes that later resulted in her death.
According to The New York Times, the investigation revealed that doctors failed to realize that Rivers’ organs were shutting down until a good 15 minutes had passed. Other medical violations uncovered by the investigators include:
- The anesthesiologist failed to administer the anesthesia Propofol according to her weight, resulting in her being given a dose of 300mg – several times more than was appropriate for her size. He later changed the dose to 120mg, saying that he made a report error.
- Dr Lawrence Cohen, the director of Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, reportedly took photos of the comedian as she lay under anesthesia, claiming that he thought she might want to see them after the surgery. Rivers reportedly never gave anyone consent to take her photos.
- Dr Gwen Korovin – Joan’s personal doctor – was invited by Dr Cohen into the operating room, even though ‘she lacked the proper credentials’ to be there. She then allegedly gave Rivers an unauthorized laryngoscopy – a procedure that was later aborted because she ‘stated she could not see very well what she was trying to view.’
- In addition, TMZ reported that doctors failed to place on the emergency kit a drug that would have opened her vocal cords in case of their snapping shut during the procedure, blocking off breathing. This indicates that the personnel were unprepared and careless in the handling of Rivers.
As ENTmania! previously reported, the cause of Joan’s death was initially blamed on an unauthorized biopsy performed by Dr Korovin … but both the clinic and Korovin denied performing any biopsy.
Joan’s daughter Melissa released a statement on Monday, saying that she is ‘outraged by the misconduct and mismanagement now shown to have occurred before, during and after the procedure.’ She has already hired a well-known law firm and is planning to sue the clinic next month.