Zsa Zsa Gabor underwent surgery to amputate part of her leg after blood clots put her at risk of death.
“The surgery today went well, however, she is in frail health so we will continue to monitor her closely,” said Dr. David Rigberg.
“Ms. Gabor needed an amputation above her knee due to poor circulation and a large ulcerated area on her right leg,” Rigberg said. “After consulting with her husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, we felt this was the best medical course of action.”
The prince had a difficult decision to make. Gabor’s leg was heavily infected because of a blood clot. Because of her age and deteriorated health, putting her under anesthesia and going through major surgery was extremely risky — in fact, doctors said there was less than a 50 percent chance she would survive the surgery.
The alternative wasn’t much better: She could go on extremely strong antibiotics for the next three months, running a high risk that the meds could destroy her kidneys.
Three-quarters of Zsa Zsa’s leg has been amputated.