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Doctors try to avoid leg amputation for Gabor

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93, is shown in an undated photo. Gabor was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010 because of a lesion on her leg.

January 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Doctors are treating actress Zsa Zsa Gabor with antibiotics, in hopes of preventing partial amputation of an infected leg.The 93-year-old was admitted to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Sunday night. Doctors thought they might have to amputate part of her leg below the knee because of the onset of gangrene.

"The lesion is apparently very deep. They're afraid it may be into the bone, which would not be good," Blanchette said. "Before taking that drastic measure, they want to give it one last chance with some really powerful antibiotics."

Blanchette said the lesion has grown from an inch a couple of months ago to almost a foot.

Her husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, said Gabor is being treated with antibiotics first, and a decision on whether to amputate the leg won't be made for two or three days.

In July, Gabor broke her hip and had hip replacement surgery. Since then, she's been hospitalized several times with life-threatening complications.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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