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Gabor refuses amputation, goes home

By the CNN Wire Staff
Zsa Zsa Gabor, seen here on her 92nd birthday, has been hospitalized twice since February 1.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, seen here on her 92nd birthday, has been hospitalized twice since February 1.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The actress, 94, has left Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, her publicist says
  • Doctors give her a 50-50 chance to survive the next year without the amputation
  • She decided to "take her chances" and head home, says John Blanchette
  • Gabor has been frail since a 2002 car accident, he husband has said
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(CNN) -- Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor headed home from a Los Angeles hospital Friday after refusing to have her remaining leg amputated, her publicist said.

Doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center told Gabor, 94, that she had a 50-50 chance to survive the next year without undergoing the surgery, publicist John Blanchette told CNN. She'd been rushed there by ambulance on Wednesday after losing blood flow to her left leg.

Accompanied by her husband, Frederic Von Anhalt, Gabor on Friday decided to "take her chances" and not have the operation, according to her publicist.

She spent three weeks at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in January, when her right leg was amputated because of an infection.

This week's hospital stay was her second since February 1.

Gabor has been frail and "pretty much confined to a wheelchair" since a 2002 car accident, Von Anhalt has said. The crash happened when a 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 as famous for her many marriages as her appearances on stage and screen. Her husbands included the late Oscar-winning actor George Sanders.

 
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