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Zsa Zsa Gabor declines surgery to amputate left leg, will head home again

March 4, 2011 | 11:44 am

Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1952 This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Zsa Zsa Gabor was to be released from the hospital again Friday, her publicist told the Associated Press, after declining doctors' recommendation that she have surgery to amputate her remaining left leg.

Her husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, said she is on medication and without surgery has "a 50-50 chance" of surviving for another year.

Gabor, 94, was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Wednesday after her personal doctor detected no blood flow in her left leg (he was on a routine weekly visit). Her right leg was amputated above the knee in January to prevent the spread of gangrene, part of a long run of health troubles the midcentury glamour girl has had since breaking her left hip in a fall in July. 

The last surviving Gabor sister -- Eva passed away in 1995, Magda in 1997 -- requested and received last rites in August.

Updated 1:17 p.m. March 4: This photograph that appears with this post has been changed from what was originally published. For an explanation about that decision, see comments.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1952. Credit: Los Angeles Times


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