As the investigation into the death of comedienne Joan Rivers continues, shocking new allegations have come to light.
CNN is reporting that River’s personal ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat) physician, who was reportedly present during her procedure, may have taken a “selfie” while Rivers was under anesthesia.
Rivers had gone to the Yorkville Endoscopy Center to have gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen perform an endoscopy as part of a evaluation for hoarseness of her voice. Acid reflux is one cause of vocal hoarseness. Her person physician, an ENT doctor, who was not authorized to perform procedures at that clinic, attended the procedure, and inspected Rivers’ vocal cords.
Sources are saying that this physician began to perform a biopsy of something that was seen on the vocal cords, however the cords began to swell and the respiratory arrest ensued.
Yorkville Endoscopy Center asserts that “A biopsy of the vocal cords has never been performed at Yorkville Endoscopy,” although it did confirm that Dr. Cohen “is not currently performing procedures…nor is he currently serving as medical director.”
Joan Rivers consent for the procedure did not specifically include a vocal cord biopsy.
Here is CNN’s report: