Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Zsa Zsa Gabor to Have Leg Amputated


LOS ANGELES – Doctors are treating Zsa Zsa Gabor with powerful antibiotics in hopes of avoiding amputating part of her leg. Her publicist, John Blanchette, said Monday that the 93-year-old actress would continue receiving treatment at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center over the next couple days. Her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, brought her to the hospital Sunday night and doctors thought they might have to amputate part of her right leg below the knee because of the onset of gangrene. "The lesion is apparently very deep. They're afraid it may be into the bone, which would not be good," Blanchette said. "Before taking that drastic measure, they want to give it one last chance with some really poweful antibiotics." Blanchette added that the lesion has grown from about an inch a couple months ago to almost a foot now. Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been hospitalized several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body. She was in critical condition and asked for a priest to read her last rites during a hospital visit in August, but she recovered and returned home. - Associated Press

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