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Zsa Zsa Gabor doing well after leg amputation, publicist says

January 14, 2011 |  4:53 pm

Zsa zsa gabor Doctors amputated Zsa Zsa Gabor's right leg above the knee Friday after they were unable to contain an infection stemming from hip replacement surgery in July, her publicist said.

The Hungarian-born actress, 93, was doing well after the two-hour operation at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, John Blanchette said. "The operation was a success," he said.

"Her blood pressure is normal, she is resting and she will be in the hospital for at least another week or so," Blanchette said. "Everybody is relieved."

Gabor has been in and out of the hospital for complications from hip surgery performed after she fell at her Beverly Hills home. Doctors had been treating the infection with "heavy-duty antibiotics," Blanchette said, but an MRI exam this week revealed that it had spread to the bone.

The amputation was necessary because of "poor circulation and a large ulcerated area" on the leg, said Dr. David Rigberg, associate professor of vascular surgery at the medical center.

"The surgery today went well," he said in a statement. "However, she is in frail health so we will continue to monitor her closely."

Gabor’s husband, Frederic von Anhalt, and her friends look forward to having her home again, Blanchette said. "She is going to be 94 on Feb. 6, so we’re all hoping she’ll be home and we’ll have a nice birthday party for her," he said.

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-- Kim Christensen

Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1990. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 

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