Joan Rivers’ only daughter Melissa Rivers has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the endoscopy clinic where she suffered a fatal cardiac arrest, accusing them of gross negligence and unprofessional behavior which led to her death.
According to the legal papers filed on Monday, Melissa alleged that her mother was in the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic to check her throat for the cause of changes in her voice, but the doctors while performing the procedure, went ahead to examine her vocal cords and trachea … which Melissa says was unauthorized. As a result, her vocal cords snapped shut and she stopped breathing.
But the worst part, Melissa alleges, was that in addition to their failing to monitor her vital signs during the procedure, the doctors also failed to perform a mandatory tracheotomy on her mother in their 20-minute efforts to revive her when she stopped breathing, resulting in cardiac arrest and irreversible brain damage, which ultimately led to her death a week later.
The suit also named some doctors – including Joan’s personal ENT physician Gwen Korovin – in the suit, accusing them of acting as ‘groupies’ instead of professionals. As for Korovin, Melissa alleges that she was not qualified to perform the procedure in the first place, and yet she jumped in and allegedly said, ‘I’ll go first.’
‘The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly almost incomprehensible,’ said Melissa in the lawsuit. ‘Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better.’
As ENTmania! has reported, an independent medical investigation has indicted Yorkville Endoscopy for several preventable mistakes that led to her death. According to New York Daily News, the clinic now risks the possibility of losing its federal accreditation in March.