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Joan Rivers' family 'keeping fingers crossed'

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Joan Rivers remained in a medically-induced coma three days after she went into cardiac arrest, but her family said Sunday they remain hopeful about her recovery.

“Thank you for your continued love and support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Melissa described her 81-year-old mother’s condition as serious, and TMZ reported that the Fashion Police host was on life support.

“The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday,” an insider told the New York Daily News. “There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair.”

Rivers’ Fashion Police co-stars have taken to Twitter to show their support.

“Praying for Joan Rivers and Mel Rivers,” Giuliana Rancic tweeted. “Even though Joan’s the strongest woman I know, every single prayer counts. I love you, Joan.”

“4 the first time in years I got down on my knees & prayed tonight!” Kelly Osbourne wrote. “I encourage U 2 do the same 4 Joan Rivers my grandma!”

Rivers went into respiratory and cardiac arrest Thursday morning while undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords on the Upper East Side. As of Sunday she was reportedly breathing with the help of life support.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 31, 2014 10:19pm]


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