Report: Joan Rivers' Doctor Took Selfie During Unauthorized Biopsy

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New details have come out about the medical procedure during which Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest, and they're really appalling.


According to a new report from CNN, Rivers' personal ear, nose and throat specialist — who has yet to be publicly identified — was allowed to perform a biopsy on her vocal cords while she was under anesthesia for a scheduled endoscopy. Rivers had not approved the biopsy, and the ENT doctor was not certified to operate at the clinic. According to CNN, "Rivers' vocal chords began to swell during the allegedly unauthorized biopsy, cutting off the flow of oxygen to her lungs, which led to cardiac arrest."

And, if that weren't completely terrible enough, a source tells CNN that the ENT doctor took a selfie in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia. Are you fucking kidding me?


Last week, Yorkville Endoscopy released a statement denying that any vocal cord biopsy had ever been done at the clinic, which, uh, is looking questionable now. One day later, the clinic confirmed the doctor who performed Rivers' endoscopy was no longer working there. As of now, neither he nor the ear, nose and throat doctor have been accused of any wrongdoing. [CNN]

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I do not understand this Joan Rivers story. How was a doctor who is not authorized to work in that clinic able to even access an unconscious woman without her consent, let alone perform a procedure on her? Serious wtf.