Source: Joan Rivers' doctor took selfie, began biopsy before her cardiac arrest

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    (CNN) -- The cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers' death happened as the comedian's personal doctor began performing a biopsy on her vocal cords, a source close to the death investigation told CNN.

    A staff member at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia, the source said.

    Rivers, 81, was at the clinic for a scheduled endoscopy by another doctor, gastroenterologist Dr. Lawrence Cohen. That procedure, intended to help diagnose her hoarse voice and sore throat, involved the insertion of a camera down her throat.

    After Cohen, the clinic's medical director, finished his work, a biopsy was done on Rivers without her prior consent, according to the source.

    "Even though you are a licensed physician, you still should have, if you will, the checks and balances to get your approval to practice in that particular place," said Dr. Arthur Caplan, a medical ethicist at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

    Investigators believe that Rivers' vocal chords began to swell during the allegedly unauthorized biopsy, cutting off the flow of oxygen to her lungs, which led to cardiac arrest on the morning of August 29, the source said.

    Rivers, 81, was rushed by paramedics from Yorkville Endoscopy to New York's Mount Sinai Hospital a mile away, where she died a week later.

    Yorkville Endoscopy issued a statement last Thursday denying reports that any vocal cord biopsy has ever been done at the clinic, although federal privacy law prevented any patient information from being released.

    The day after the denial was issued, the clinic confirmed that Dr. Cohen "is not currently performing procedures...nor is he currently serving as medical director."

    The source said that at this time neither Cohen nor the ear, nose and throat doctor have been accused of wrongdoing by investigators.

    The clinic declined to respond to the source's comments about a biopsy or a selfie, citing federal privacy law.

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    Someone sure didn't take Joan's life very seriously.
     
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    Unless this was going to be part of Joan's reality show (the one with her daughter) when it all went horribly wrong??
     
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    Then it would have been filmed and joan would have loved the ratings!


    RIP Joan
     
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    This may get interesting.
     
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    Very well said.
     
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    I thought the federal privacy laws only protected the living? That's why we have details about robin Williams suicide and detailed autopsy results are released.
     
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    Take a guess how this will go.

    Michael Jackson's doctor:

    On November 7, 2011 (day 24), Dr. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Judge Pastor set sentencing for November 29, and ordered Murray taken into custody without bail. On November 29, Murray was sentenced to the maximum penalty of four years of incarceration. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff officials, Murray was expected to serve less than two years in the Los Angeles County Jail due to California prison overcrowding.

    Release
    Murray was released on October 28, 2013, two years ahead of schedule, due to California prison overcrowding, plus good behavior.
    Murray refused to testify in Katherine Jackson's (unsuccessful) wrongful death lawsuit against his former employer, AEG Live, which argued that the concert promoter should be held responsible for Michael Jackson's death. According to The Associated Press, "Murray's medical licenses remain suspended or revoked in three states where he previously practiced medicine."
     
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    I wonder why the ENT hasn't been named yet? I heard the doctor was a woman.
     
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    If the doctor really did take a picture of himself while Joan was under, he should have his license to practice taken.
     
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    Wiggy can sue for loss of future bookings.
     
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    Melissa is going to get more money to add to the pile
     
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    This. Can you imagine the ability of anyone having cameras in operating rooms?
     
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    It's not an operating room... It's like a dentists office. I've had multiple endoscopes, each with a biopsy that I only found our about after the procedure. It literally takes 5 minutes to do the procedure. The mistake was Joan doing the procedure there instead of at a hospital.
     
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    When Joan agreed to have the procedure done in Beth's closet she should have known there were going to be selfies involved.
     
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    $ $ $ $ $ $
     
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    Surely this is false?
    No surgeon, anesthesiologist or nurse are allowed with phones in an operating theater. o_O
     
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    I had a bronchoscopy yesterday at an outpatient clinic that is attached to the hospital. That is the only way I would do that.
    And they had to tell me EVERYTHING they were going to do - even stuff that they MIGHT do - like take additional tissue samples - and get my consent before I was taken in for the procedure.
    This is just nuts.
     
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    it's also been reported she may not have properly fasted, and aspirated vomit
     
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    If Howard didn't invent Joan she would still be alive today.
     
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