Zsa Zsa Gabor Has Her Leg Amputated in ‘Dangerous operation’

January 14, 2011 Updated: October 1, 2015

Zsa Zsa Gabor (L) holding a beaded purse once owned by actress Marilyn Monroe on April 11, 1999. (Kim Kulish/AFP/Getty Images)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (L) holding a beaded purse once owned by actress Marilyn Monroe on April 11, 1999. (Kim Kulish/AFP/Getty Images)
Zsa Zsa Gabor, the nonagenarian actress and socialite, who has been in and out of the hospital recently, had her right leg amputated, according to reports.

Gabor, 93, would have died had she not had most of her right leg amputated, her spokesperson told ABC News.

Her leg was infected last year, but doctors say the infection made it to the bone despite antibiotic treatment. Three-quarters of her leg was cut, according to RadarOnline.

"This is a very dangerous operation for someone her age," her spokesperson John Blanchette told AFP, adding that “she will die otherwise” if it is not done.

Blanchette said that the wound was not healing and thus necessitated the amputation, ABC News reported.

The procedure was done at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles at around 11 a.m. PST on Friday, RadarOnline said.

In July, the Hungarian-born actress had to undergo hip replacement surgery after she fell down. She suffered complications due to that injury and was subsequently rushed in and out of the hospital and at one point, asked for her last rites to be read to her in the medical facility.

At one time, however, Gabor was the talk of Hollywood and was known for her luxurious and flamboyant lifestyle. Her career includes roles in Touch of Evil in 1958 and 1952‘s Moulin Rouge.