Doctors in Los Angeles have successfully amputated most of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s right leg.
They said Friday’s surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre was successful and the 93-year-old star is recovering.
Gabor had an infection in her leg for several months and doctors tried using antibiotics to save the leg. She was admitted to hospital on January 2.
Publicist John Blanchette said the wound would not heal, making the surgery necessary.
Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been admitted to hospital several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body. 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 paralysed 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. However 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.