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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Right Leg Amputated

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Zsa Zsa Gabor’s right leg was amputated
Friday in a life-saving surgery that doctors called successful.

Gabor, who turns 94 on Feb. 6, was being watched carefully, but there were no complications, doctors at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said after the surgery.

“This has been a long, tough road since 2002 when she had an accident that originally disabled her,” said Gabor’s publicist John Blanchette said. “She has never been able to walk and her health has spiraled down.”

But Blanchette said the actress has remained upbeat.

“She has kept her sense of humor and she’s a fighter,” he said. “She always has been.”

Gabor, who had an infection in her leg for several months, was hospitalized on Jan. 2 after efforts to save her leg with antibiotics failed.

Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been hospitalized several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body.

Publicist John Blanchette said the wounds wouldn’t heal, so doctors had no choice but to operate.

She was in critical condition and asked for a priest during a hospital visit in August, but she recovered and returned home.

Gabor has used a wheelchair since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, and she had a stroke in 2005.

She retreated from the spotlight after the accident and stroke. She liked staying home and watching soap operas, game shows and old movies, husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt told reporters in July.

She detested having her picture taken by the paparazzi while she was in her wheelchair.

“She wants people to remember her as she was years ago,” von Anhalt has said.

A Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, Gabor had a brief and unremarkable film career, from “Moulin Rouge” in 1952 to “Queen of Outer Space” in 1958.

Her primary role was herself, dripping in glamour during TV special and game show appearances and uttering her trademark “dahling.” She was also thrust into the international spotlight during a three-week trial for slapping a Beverly Hills policeman in
1989.

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