Zsa Zsa Gabor has a high fever, fluid in her lungs, an infection that developed after her recent leg amputation, and hasn’t recognized anyone since the surgery, leading doctors to say she probably suffered a stroke, her husband said Tuesday.
Frederic Prinz von Anhalt was at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with his wife as doctors worked to stabilize her in the emergency room.
Gabor, whose 94th birthday is Sunday, ate breakfast then started spitting up blood and was running the fever, von Anhalt said.
“The doctor told me her leg is infected again. They have to treat it right now. Hopefully they are going to get her stabilized in a few hours,” von Anhalt said. Her leg was amputated because of gangrene.
Gabor was “sort of conscious,” he said.
“She doesn’t know what is going on. She has no memories. It could come back but the doctor doesn’t know yet,” van Anhalt said.
Doctors told him the only explanation for her failed memory was that she had a small stroke during the amputation.
Gabor was released from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Jan. 22, a week after doctors removed most of her right leg.
A hospital spokesman said because of confidentiality laws, he could not confirm or deny that she was at the hospital or give a condition update.
Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July. She had been hospitalized several times for swelling and clots then the amputation.
After the surgery, Dr. David Rigberg, associate professor of vascular surgery at the hospital, said there were no complications, but her health was frail and she was being monitored closely.
During one hospital trip in August, Gabor was listed in critical condition and asked for a priest, but she recovered and returned home.
Gabor has used a wheelchair since she was partially paralyzed in a 2002 car accident, and she had a stroke in 2005.
A Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, Gabor appeared in movies such as “Moulin Rouge” in 1952 and “Queen of Outer Space” in 1958.
She was a regular on the television special and game show circuit, always with her trademark accent and endearment “dahling.”