Joan Rivers’ family ‘keeping fingers crossed’

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NEW YORK -Joan Rivers’ daughter released a new statement Sunday about her comedian mother’s condition, three days after she was rushed to a New York hospital.

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

Rivers, 81, stopped breathing during throat surgery at a Manhattan medical clinic Thursday morning, according to the New York Fire Department. She apparently suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure, KTLA reported.

She was listed in critical condition in New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, where paramedics took her by ambulance.

Her daughter’s initial statement, made public late Thursday when she arrived at the hospital after a flight from Los Angeles, said her mother was “resting comfortably.”

Her next statement Friday also gave little indication of Rivers’ prognosis.

“Her condition remains serious, but she is receiving the best treatment and care possible. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts as we pray for her recovery.”

Rivers’ was undergoing an apparently minor elective procedure at the clinic, which is about a mile away from the hospital where she was taken.

She had been scheduled to perform her comedy act at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, the next night.

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