WESTWOOD/BEVERLY HILLS—On January 3, various media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, falsely reported that Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93, was having her leg amputated. Canyon News spoke with Edward Lozzi, publicist of Gabor’s daughter Francesca Hilton, who countered the claims.
According to Lozzi, there is an unreliable source disseminating information about Gabor’s condition, and this source has proven to be inaccurate in the past. Lozzi confirmed that Gabor had festering lesions that probably resulted from her tragic car accident in 2002, after which she was confined to a wheelchair. As Lozzi explained, “She’s [Gabor] been in a wheelchair and bedridden all these years; the hip replacement was this summer—the leg lesions she’s been fighting for quite some time.”
Not enough is known to make any solid determinations at the present time. The same source, whom Lozzi identified off-the-record, will not allow anyone to speak to the press about Gabor’s worsening condition or the chosen methods of treatment. Doctors aren’t even talking to Gabor’s extended family. The source has prevented Gabor’s daughter, Francesca Hilton, from making any statements.
“Francesca Hilton is still waiting for an official report from UCLA Medical and Zsa Zsa’s doctors. The only information about Zsa Zsa’s condition is being distributed to the media from the same unreliable source that has proven time and time again to be inaccurate and misleading,” said Lozzi. “The source ordered family and media representatives not to comment on any of the medical ramifications. Information provided by that source has been for publicity and sensationalism, e.g. she’s dying, last rites, all proven untrue, and now leg amputation. The hospital won’t even acknowledge she’s [Gabor] there.”
Lozzi reprimanded Entertainment Weekly for its hasty reporting, saying, “No one knows for sure what’s going on. Entertainment Weekly got it wrong—they ran with the amputation story.”
Canyon News confirmed that Gabor will be undergoing antibiotic treatments, and she is reportedly at Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, where she went in July for her hip replacement.