Melissa says, "The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible," adding, "Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better."
According to the lawsuit, Melissa's lawyers claim gross medical malpractice, adding that the doctors didn't think to perform a tracheotomy, which facilitates breathing.Melissa also filed legal documents against Joan's personal doctor, Gwen Korovin. According to the lawsuit, she should not have been permitted in the room where the procedure was being performed, yet she jumped in and announced, "I'll go first."
The suit further held claims that another doctor took selfies of Rivers before the emergency, while she was under sedation, with her doctor in the photos, saying Joan "will like to see these in the recovery area."According to the lawsuit, Korovin also left the room in the middle of the emergency and the allegation is that she left because she knew she wasn't supposed to be there in the first place and "wanted to avoid getting caught." The suit says Korovin simply abandoned Joan.According to the suit, in the middle of the emergency, another doctor took issue with a colleague who wanted to scope the affected area, saying, "Renuka, you're such a curious cat. You always want to know what's going on." The suit says the doctor refused to authorize the scope.Speaking to the The NY Daily News, Melissa's lawyer, Jeffrey Bloom said, "Had doctors acted as physicians for Joan Rivers instead of groupies, Joan Rivers would have been doing 'Fashion Police' last week."Yorkville Endoscopy Centre has been under intense scrutiny and they are set to lose their accreditation at the end of the month.
And if found guilty in court, they could be shut down for good.