Amputation-related medical bills killing Zsa Zsa Gabor

In a strange nexus of paparazzi and policy, we see how amputation can take a toll on even the most fortunate among us as we age. This article is from Justin Rohrlich.


After Zsa Zsa Gabor was hospitalized with a broken hip last summer, she's had gangrene, a lung infection, and her right leg amputated.

According to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, a foot or leg amputation “costs between $30,000 and $60,000 in initial hospital costs, plus between $43,000 and $60,000 in costs for follow-up care over the next three years.” While some studies show that show medical bills are a leading cause of personal bankruptcies, others dispute the statistics. Whatever the actual numbers, we all know that getting sick can kill you financially–and 94 year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor is no exception.

After celebrating her birthday last week, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt–Zsa Zsa's ninth husband–apparently realized just how much his wife's care was costing, by the looks of the homepage over at

“I need the money, and I need the cash,” von Alhalt told the New York Post, adding that “the storage cost him $1,200 a month and he's already spent $200,000 on Gabor's medical care.”

Von Alhalt hopes to raise $100,000 from Zsa Zsa's old furs. Just in case that doesn't cover his wife's expenses, von Alhalt is already prepared with a Plan B:

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