Gabor undergoes leg amputation surgeryBy IANS
Saturday, January 15, 2011
LONDON - Veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor finally underwent surgery to amputate half of her right leg after a serious gangrene infection spread to her bone.
Gabor was admitted to Los Angeles’ UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center Jan 2 after doctors told the star’s husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, that immediate action was required to treat the infection.
They prescribed the 93-year-old TV star a course of strong antibiotics as an alternative to severing the limb, but the medicine was ineffective and Anhalt gave doctors permission to go ahead with the operation last week, contactmusic.com reports.
Surgeons tried to hold off the amputation by attempting to remove a blood clot from Gabor’s leg as a last-ditch attempt, but the gangrene has now penetrated the bone, leaving doctors with no other choice.
The actress’ spokesman, John Blanchette, reveals the amputation was scheduled for Friday and Anhalt had been warned that Gabor only stood a “50-50″ chance of survival.
“They (doctors) said it was very dangerous, but they had no other option. It (infection) would kill her otherwise,” Blanchette said.