Medical Malpractice News: Doctors Took Selfies with Unconscious Joan Rivers, Suit Alleges

July 22, 2015

A surgeon who was overseeing Joan Rivers’ throat surgery in August 2014 took selfies with Rivers’ while she was unconscious, court documents in lawsuit filed against the doctor reveal. According to this shocking revelation, the doctor – Dr. Lawrence Cohen – had previously denied taking the pictures and had refused to provide testimony regarding the photos.

However, medical records from the anesthesiologist involved in the surgery – Dr. Renuka Bankulla – tell a different story, revealing that Cohen did, in fact, take the pictures of the unconscious Rivers. As the complaint explains, “Despite Dr. Bankulla’s clear statement in the medical records that Dr. Cohen took a photograph of Joan Rivers while she was unconscious during the procedure, Dr. Cohen’s unverified response denies this fact.”

More Details about the Medical Negligence Alleged in this Case

An experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyer takes a look at the latest developments in the Joan Rivers’ medical malpractice case.

An experienced Portland medical malpractice lawyer takes a look at the latest developments in the Joan Rivers’ medical malpractice case.

Tragically, the alleged selfies are just the tip of the iceberg in this case, which contends that the doctors’ negligence led to Rivers’ sustaining irreversible brain damage as a result of her not breathing – or receiving essential emergency medical care – for nearly 20 minutes.

In fact, the selfies were reportedly being taken as Rivers was not breathing – and as the anesthesiologist was urging doctors to immediately start reviving Rivers.

Speaking out about this case, Melissa Rivers stated on the Today Show earlier this month:

In my opinion, [her death] was 100 percent preventable… How about paying attention to the vital signs? The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect, and outrageous behavior is shocking and almost incomprehensible. Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better.

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