The late Joan Rivers in New York, Jan. 22, 2014.
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January 26, 2015 5:13 PM EST

Melissa Rivers, the daughter of late comedian Joan Rivers, filed a lawsuit Monday against the clinic where her mother suffered brain damage after her oxygen was cut off during a routine operation.

The complaint lists a number of alleged mistakes made by Yorkville Endoscopy last September, NBC News reports. Yorkville Endoscopy was not immediately available for comment.

The alleged missteps include a 12-minute delay before calling 911; a photograph of the comedian taken by a doctor while Rivers was sedated; a failure to monitor vital signs; and a delay in intubating Rivers.

“Filing this lawsuit was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement about the suit, which asks for unspecified damages.

“What ultimately guided me was my unwavering belief that no family should ever have to go through what my mother, [my son] Cooper and I have been through. The level of medical mismanagement, incompetency, disrespect and outrageous behavior is shocking and frankly, almost incomprehensible.”


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