Joan Rivers' Daughter Recalls Seeing Mom in Hospital, Says Death "Was 100 Percent Preventable" (Video)

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Melissa Rivers sits down for her first TV interview since the death of her mother on Monday's 'Today' show.

Melissa Rivers has opened up about what it was like to see her late mom, Joan, in the hospital before she died.

Rivers, who sits down for her first TV interview since the death of her mother on Monday's Today, tells Matt Lauer in a preview clip posted on Friday that when she saw her mother in a medically induced coma, she "couldn't believe what [she] was seeing. It becomes very surreal."

She explains that she had already received emails that in addition to doctors placing her mother in a medically induced coma they were also "dropping her body temperature, which I knew was bad, because that's the protocol for catastrophic brain injury."

Since Joan Rivers' death, Melissa Rivers has sued Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic, alleging that the facility's negligence caused the coma that led to her mom dying.

Speaking about the suit in another excerpt of her interview provided by Today, the younger Rivers tells Lauer that her mom's death "was 100 percent preventable."

When asked what the clinic could have done to prevent Joan Rivers' death, Melissa Rivers says, "How about paying attention to the vital signs?  How about having a properly equipped crash cart?"

The lawsuit claims that Yorkville performed an unauthorized examination of the comedian's vocal cords and windpipe that led to a laryngospasm, in which her throat seized up and deprived her brain of oxygen. Furthermore, the suit alleges that Rivers couldn't expel carbon dioxide from her lungs, so she suffered a heart attack and irreversible brain damage. While doctors spent 20 minutes trying to revive Rivers, no one performed a tracheostomy to clear her airways, the suit goes on to state.

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