Zsa Zsa Gabor Is Facing Leg Amputaion

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					It's been a rollercoaster ride for actress Zsa Zsa Gabor who was recently told by
doctors that she would need to have partial leg amputation surgery, but now it appears
the Hungarian-born actress/socialite will keep all of her leg. Just a few days ago,
Gabor was rushed to the hospital with infected lesions on one of her legs, which
doctors thought was going to become gangrene.

What is gangrene? Gangrene is when a large amount of body tissue dies (like a leg or
part of a leg) because of reduced blood supply. The cause of gangrene can include
injuries or infection (Gabor's case). Diabetes and long-term smoking can increase the
risk of suffering from gangrene. Gangrene does not mean that a body part turns
completely green, although the affected body part does turn black, green and
yellowish-brown.

Treatments for gangrene may include debridement (removal of a patient's dead,
damaged, or infected tissue), antibiotics, vascular surgery, maggot therapy or
hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or leg amputation surgery (removal of a limb or body part)
as in Gabor's situation.

Because gangrene is a life-threatening condition, doctors ordered Gabor to undergo a
lower leg amputation just below the knee. However, now it's being reported that
Gabor will not need leg amputation surgery because the powerful antibiotics that
doctors placed her on appear to have stopped the infection.

Gabor has been confined to a wheelchair since 2002 following a car accident in Los
Angeles in which she and her hairdresser crashed into a light pole. In 2005, she had a
stroke and endured surgery to remove an arterial blockage. In 2007, she had surgery
again that was related to her previous stroke, and then had surgery to treat an
infection.

In July 2010, Gabor was taken to the hospital after she fell at home. She was required
to have a hip replacement. She left the hospital, but soon returned, and was in critical
condition after the removal of two blood clots. Gabor thought she was going to die
and requested a priest to perform last rites.

In November of 2010, Gabor was hospitalized for a swollen leg, which was initially
thought to be a blood clot, but actually turned out to be an infection. According to
Gabor's ninth husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, doctors advised Gabor before the
holidays to have surgery. However, Gabor refused, saying she wanted to be home for
what could be her last holiday. The infection worsened and she faced amputation.

Gabor has lived a celebrated life as one of the famous Gabor sisters. Among her nine
husbands were Oscar-winning actor George Sanders and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.
Her film career includes "Moulin Rouge" in 1952, "The Story of Three Loves" in
1953, "The Girl in the Kremlin" in 1957 and Orson Welles' 1958 classic, "Touch of
Evil."

Her latest role seems to be that of survivor. The 93-year-old Gabor appears to have
missed the bullet again and will not have to have her leg amputated.

				
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