The death of Joan Rivers seemed to come out of nowhere and was a shock for many who loved her and laughed with her. Indeed, within the last couple of weeks it seemed like you couldn’t turn on the news or look at a magazine without seeing something about the 82-year-old comedienne. And now, more news is coming out about the procedure she underwent before she passed away. Rivers was undergoing a throat endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy performed by Dr. Lawrence Cohen, the medical director of the facility. Another member of the staff has reported that Dr. Cohen decided to take a selfie with Rivers during the procedure while she was under anesthesia.
It seems more and more common that doctors are facing scrutiny for questionable practices while operating on their patients. I’ve read about one surgeon in particular who faced legal troubles after he “autographed” a body part he’d worked on. This was obviously done without the patient’s knowledge and/or approval and was only later found on an X-ray. While I can understand the temptation to take selfies with celebrities, the operating room is certainly not the time or the place, as there are much more important matters on hand.
Quite honestly, had Rivers not later passed away after undergoing the surgery (the exact cause of death is not yet known), the doctor’s selfie would have probably gone unnoticed in the grand scheme of things. But, given her death, his actions are now being called into account, and he is no longer the medical director at Yorkville Endoscopy following the incident.
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