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Joan Rivers’ Health Update: Being Brought Out of Coma, Family Has ‘Fingers Crossed’

UPDATE: Melissa Rivers released a statement on Tuesday: "On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we've received. At this time she does remain 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."

The family of Joan Rivers has their “fingers crossed,” as doctors reportedly begin to bring the comedy great out of her medically induced coma.

Joan Rivers’ Health Update: Being Brought Out of Coma, Family Has ‘Fingers Crossed’
A source close to the family told the NY Daily News, “The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday. 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.”  

Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement on Sunday, "Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed."

Family insiders told the Daily News, however, that Melissa is “totally hysterical and is at a loss for what to do (because) they won’t know the extent of the damage until Tuesday at the earliest.”

The “Fashion Police” co-host was undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords at the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic in NYC last Thursday when she reportedly stopped breathing.

She was rushed to Mount Sinai hospital in critical condition, but reports say doctors were able to stabilize her by keeping her in a coma and on life support.

Now, the family may seek legal action against the clinic, reports the Daily News. An insider said, “Shock and upset is turning to anger, and they are looking for someone to blame. The night before, she was performing and now she is on life support. An 81-year-old should not have that procedure as an outpatient. Very ill-advised."