Zsa Zsa Gabor recovering after op
Published 20/07/2010 | 16:52
Zsa Zsa Gabor is on the road to recovery, according to her husband.
Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the 93-year-old actress' husband, told a throng of reporters gathered outside their Bel-Air home that Zsa Zsa underwent successful surgery to replace her right hip, which she broke over the weekend while watching television. He said she tumbled to the floor when she tried to answer the phone.
"It's just bad luck," von Anhalt said. "It could happen to anyone."
Zsa Zsa, who has to use a wheelchair after being partially paralysed in a 2002 car accident, was in surgery for three and a half hours at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre, according to von Anhalt. He said she remained heavily sedated but in good spirits and would likely be recuperating in the hospital for four or five days before returning home.
The 65-year-old socialite entered California governor's race as an independent in the primary but has not yet filed to run in the general election. His platform includes legalising marijuana and prostitution and lifting the ban on Cuban cigars, then taxing them all. He said he would hold off on his campaign if his wife's condition does not improve.
"If my wife doesn't recover the way I would like to see it, he said, "then I will skip it."
His 1986 marriage to Zsa Zsa was his seventh and her ninth. Before von Anhalt met her, he worked as a bank clerk, screenwriter and sauna manager, acquiring his royal title along the way. After his parents died, he said he was adopted by a German princess who gave him the title of Prince Frederic von Anhalt of Munich, the Duke of Saxony.