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Zsa Zsa Gabor's right leg amputated above the knee

January 14, 2011 |  4:13 pm

Zsa Zsa Gabor has most of her right leg amputated Zsa Zsa Gabor had most of her right leg successfully amputated Friday, not quite two weeks after she was hospitalized with an infected lesion that doctors feared would cost the actress her life.

Calling off an initial Jan. 2 rush to amputate, doctors began treating Gabor with powerful antibiotics in an attempt to save her leg. The wound wouldn't heal, publicist John Blanchette said Friday, which meant amputation was necessary to prevent the spread of gangrene. Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, gave permission a week ago for the surgery to take place.

Gabor, 93, has been in and out of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles since breaking her left hip and other bones in a fall in July. She had hip replacement surgery at that time.

In the Friday surgery, about three-quarters of Gabor's right leg was removed, starting just above the knee, according to TMZ.

Her right leg had been previously damaged; she was using a wheelchair after a car accident in 2002 and a stroke in 2005. The actress and socialite received last rites from a priest in August.


Zsa Zsa Gabor hip surgery successful, her husband says

Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital for partial leg amputation

Zsa Zsa Gabor on powerful antibiotics as doctors try to save her leg

— Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor in an undated publicity photo. Credit: Reuters.


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