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

January 4, 2011 |  8:00 pm

Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1965 Zsa Zsa Gabor is still being treated with powerful antibiotics at an L.A. hospital as doctors try to avoid amputating part of her infected right leg to prevent the spread of gangrene.

Gabor, who was taken back to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Sunday after reportedly spending New Year's Eve at home for her traditional celebration of Champagne and caviar, got the first dose in a two-day treatment Monday, L.A. Now said.

It would be "two or three days" before a decision could be made on whether the actress' leg could be saved, husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt said Monday. Her leg had become infected and swelled, turning gangrenous, he said.

Amputation would obviously be dangerous for a person of Gabor's age, publicist John Blanchette said, but a successful operation could add a few years to her life. The Hungarian-born glamour girl, now 93, was said to be weak but alert.

Gabor has faced health struggles, including blood clots, since she had successful hip replacement surgery in July after breaking bones on her right side in a fall.

Her recovery has also included some family drama and conflicting reports on her condition. Daughter Francesca Hilton said late Tuesday through her publicist, Edward Lozzi, that she had yet to hear an official report from the doctors at UCLA Medical Center.

Zsa Zsa, the middle sister between the late Magda and Eva Gabor, is perhaps best known for her proto-celebrity glamour, "dahlink"; her career in film and TV; and her marriages -- seven of which ended in divorce, and one that was annulled after only one day. She has been married to Von Anhalt since 1986.


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Reuters was used in compiling this report.

Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor at a restaurant in Munich, Germany, on Sept. 1, 1965. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

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