Doctors began taking Joan Rivers out of her induced coma on Sunday, Aug. 31, sources confirm to Us Weekly.
The comedian, 81, was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital and put into an induced coma after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure on Thursday, Aug. 28.
"Everyone is shocked that this happened,” a source tells Us, adding the Fashion Police host was in high spirits the night before her hospitalization. “She's a strong woman, people aren't giving up hope, but it's very serious right now,” the insider adds.
On Sunday, Aug. 31, her daughter Melissa Rivers released a statement saying, "We are keeping our fingers crossed."
"The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday," a source told the NY Daily News. "There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair."
After rushing to her mom’s side, Melissa told Us in a statement on Friday, Aug. 29, "My mother would be so touched by the tributes and prayers that we have received from around the world. 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."