Joan Rivers Remains on Life Support Amid Reports of ‘Positive’ Steps

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Comedian Joan Rivers is slowly emerging from a medically induced coma and making positive steps toward recovery, according to published reports.

“Entertainment Tonight” reported Tuesday that Rivers was slowing being brought out of the coma induced after she stopped breathing on Aug. 28 during what was described as routine vocal chord surgery at a Manhattan clinic. She is hospitalized at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital in critical but stable condition.

In a statement Tuesday, Rivers’ daughter Melissa confirmed that the 81-year-old comedian is still on life support. “I know my mother would be overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of kindness and I want to thank everyone for keeping us in their prayers,” she said.

On Monday, E! Online cited a source close to the situation in reporting that Rivers was “on the road to recovery” and making “small, but positive steps” to improving her condition. Joan and Melissa Rivers have long been affiliated with E! and at present host the “Fashion Police” series for the NBCUniversal cabler.

A rep for Mount Sinai Hospital did not return a call seeking comment.

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