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Zsa Zsa Gabor health update: 'Guarded optimism' ahead of surgery

October 9, 2011 |  9:05 am

Zsa Zsa Gabor celebrated her 94th birthday Feb. 6, 2011.

Actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor remained hospitalized Sunday morning as doctors prepared to perform an operation to reattach a tube in her stomach that had come loose, causing bleeding.

Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, said she had been given strong antibiotics to control an infection in her stomach so that the tube can safely be reattached, and that her blood pressure had gone down.

The actress, although unable to move or speak, has been able to open her eyes and squeeze her husband's hand, said Von Anhalt, who spent the night at the hospital with his wife. 

"She's a big fighter," he said. "... I always feel optimistic, because I know her."

Doctors expressed "guarded optimism" about Gabor's recovery although her condition was still critical, her publicist John Blanchette said.

The 94-year-old actress was rushed to the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center on Saturday morning after losing consciousness at her Bel-Air home. She had a high fever and was suffering internal bleeding.

Gabor broke her left hip in July 2010 while trying to reach for the telephone and has been in and out of the hospital ever since. In January she had most of her right leg amputated due to an infection, which the doctors feared would cost the actress her life. 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 received last rites from a priest in August.

Von Anhalt, who announced he was running for mayor of Los Angeles on Thursday, was in the hospital just last month after being hit by a car in Beverly Hills. The 68-year-old socialite had to be treated for cuts to his hip and hands, but did not press charges against the driver.


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Photo: Zsa Zsa Gabor is presented with a birthday cake by her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, on Feb. 6, her 94th birthday. Credit: Prince Frederic von Anhalt