Zsa Zsa Gabor's health issues continue after problems with feeding tube
Zsa Zsa Gabor's health struggles continue, with a report coming Wednesday from her husband that she had slipped into a coma after being taken back to the hospital Tuesday for treatment related to the feeding tube into her stomach.
On Tuesday there were complications with the feeding tube into the actress' stomach, rep John Blanchette told CNN, describing bleeding around the tube and predicting Gabor would be in the hospital for a few days because "they have to operate to clean it up."
Husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt told TMZ on Wednesday that his wife had slipped into a coma and been unresponsive since 2 a.m.
She'd been brought home only Monday after being admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center less than two weeks ago for treatment of pneumonia. The 94-year-old actress has faced multiple complications after a July 2010 fall in which she broke her left hip and other bones. The actress' right leg was amputated above the knee in January to prevent the spread of gangrene.
Last week Von Anhalt had lowered the asking price on his wife's Bel-Air mansion to $16 million from $28 million, telling TMZ he wanted to sell it faster and move to a smaller, safer place as soon as possible. A number of agents had been fighting for the listing, according to the Wall Street Journal.
He put the place on the market in January to pay his wife's medical bills, L.A. Now reported.
"I just want to settle my wife's debts and keep her comfortable," Von Anhalt said Jan. 25 at a news conference and home tour for the media. "The upkeep alone per month on the house is $35,000. It gives me a big headache, and I cannot afford to keep paying it."
He said then that Gabor had no health insurance besides Medicare, with monthly medical bills up to $21,000. "She partied with the rich and famous, flirted and sometimes got married," von Anhalt said. "She did not think of the future."
At $28 million, the price was "so inflated that it is not considered to be seriously for sale here in Beverly Hills real estate circles," Edward Lozzi, publicist for Gabor's daughter Francesca Hilton, said in January. Hilton had questioned whether Von Anhalt had the legal right to sell the mansion.
Blanchette told the Daily Beast that Von Anhalt had been talking with TMZ about appearing on the website's just-launched celebrity home tour, noting that the mansion had previously been owned by Howard Hughes and Elvis Presley. "The idea was that Frederic would come out and greet the people and give them water and lemonade," Blanchette said.
"For that, he would be paid."
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1993. Credit: Associated Press