Los Angeles, Jan 16 (KATAKAMI / CNN) — When Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband told the actress Saturday night that her right leg was amputated Friday she joked about it, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt said Sunday.
“She said ‘I’m gonna die anyhow,'” Von Anhalt said.
Gabor, 93, was “doing better” Sunday and the doctor told him “the wound looks very good, better than expected,” he said.
Von Anhalt didn’t tell his wife what was about to happen when she was being rolled into surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He said he feared she might become hysterical or have a heart attack if she knew they were going to amputate her right leg above the knee.
She was suffering from a large, deep lesion that proved resistant to antibiotics, her surgeon said.
Dr. David Rigberg, the vascular surgeon who did the amputation, said Friday doctors were “guarded in our opinion on how she’s going to do overall.”
“She didn’t come in from home in very good health, so it’s difficult for me to predict how long she’s going to be here,” Dr. Rigberg said.
“The next seven days are going to be very crucial,” Von Anhalt said Sunday.
Gabor’s only child, daughter Francesca Hilton, complained that doctors had been ordered by Von Anhalt not to talk to her or let her see her mother.
Hilton has maintained a strained relationship with Von Anhalt, Gabor’s ninth and current husband of 23 years.
In November, Gabor was hospitalized for a swollen leg, her husband said at the time. Paramedics initially suspected Gabor suffered from a blood clot in her left leg, but an emergency room doctor at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center later determined she had an infection, according to Von Anhalt.
Gabor has been frail and “pretty much confined to a wheelchair” since a 2002 car accident, Von Anhalt has said. The crash happened when the car in which she was riding with her hairdresser slammed into a light pole on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
She had hip replacement surgery last year after she suffered a fall in her home.
The Hungarian-born actress, the second of the three celebrated Gabor sisters, is most famous for her many marriages. Among her husbands was Oscar-winning actor George Sanders. (*)