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Doctors trying to avoid risky leg amputation for Zsa Zsa Gabor, publicist says

January 3, 2011 |  5:03 pm

Zsa zsa gabor Doctors treating Hollywood legend Zsa Zsa Gabor gave the actress a massive dose of antibiotics Monday in an effort to avoid a risky amputation of her infected lower leg, her publicist said.

Gabor, 93, went through the first phase of the two-day treatment, but its effectiveness on a serious infection that threatens to become gangrenous wouldn't be known until the second dose was administered, said John Blanchette.

The star of stage, screen and celebrity scandals underwent hip replacement surgery in July after falling at her Beverly Hills home and has suffered complications from infection since then. She was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Sunday for surgery to amputate part of the leg after infection spread deep into the tissue down to the bone, Blanchette said.

"The doctors decided to do a massive treatment of powerful antibiotics before going ahead with the more serious procedure," he said of the planned amputation. "That's a very dangerous operation for a person her age. They say it's 50-50" whether the patient would survive," Blanchette said.

If the antibiotics fail to cure the infection, amputation will be performed to prevent even more dire threats to her health, Blanchette said. He described Gabor as weak but alert.


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-- Carol J. Williams

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