Joan Rivers' Family Remains Hopeful About Recovery

Famed comedian's doctors are beginning the next phase of her treatment.
2:31 | 09/02/14

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them any time soon. The latest on Joan rivers fighting for her life after suffering a heart attack five days ago during a medical procedure. This morning reports that doctors are beginning the next phase of her treatment and Mara schiavocampo is outside the hospital with more. Good morning, Mara. Reporter: George, good morning. Rivers' family says she continues resting comfortably and now new word of a possible medical development today. Can we talk? Reporter: This morning, Joan rivers known for making so many laugh remains in serious condition. She's been unconscious at new York's Mt. Sinai hospital for nearly five days now and though the hospital is not commenting, this morning, "Entertainment tonight" reports doctors started the process of gradually waking the 81-year-old out of the medically induced coma. Rivers hospitalized after going into cardiac arrest at this Manhattan endoscopy clinic but one doctor who is not treating rivers says easing the sedation may not necessarily improve her condition. Once the medication is stopped, then the doctors typically will see if the patient wakes up and responds to voice or to touch or to pain or perhaps the patient may remain in a coma. Is she supposed to poof out like that or did Nicki Minaj try it on before her. Reporter: This morning rivers' famous friends continue to express their support. Barry manilow tweeting "Oh, Joanie, this isn't funny. Please wake up. I promise I'll be your piano player for free again loving you and praying for @joanrivers. She was seen in these pictures entertaining crowds in New York City. Just one of many appearances she has planned over the next few months. The doctors say rivers will Teed to be closely monitored. Doctors will need to be very careful in watching for problems that would lead to a dard yak arrest a second time. Reporter: Now reportedly doctors will be better able to assess rivers' condition once that medical sedation is lifted. Now, as far as her show on E! Is concerned the network hasn't

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