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Zsa Zsa Gabor was doing well after surgery to amputate her right leg — an operation that doctors said was necessary to save her life, her publicist said on Friday.

Gabor’s blood pressure and heart rate were normal and she was resting comfortably hours after her surgery, publicist John Blanchette said. He said she’ll be in the hospital for another week or two and hopefully will be home by her 94th birthday on Feb. 6.

Gabor, who had an infection in her leg for several months, was hospitalized on Jan. 2 after efforts to save her leg with antibiotics failed.

Gabor broke her hip and had replacement surgery in July, and has been hospitalized several times since for swelling in her legs and blood clots throughout her body. Publicist John Blanchette said the wounds wouldn’t heal, so doctors had no choice but to operate.

“Ms. Gabor needed an amputation above her knee due to poor circulation and a large ulcerated area on her right leg,” Rigberg said. “After consulting with her husband, Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, we felt this was the best medical course of action.”

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 had a brief and unremarkable film career that ran from Moulin Rouge in 1952 to Queen of Outer Space in 1958.

In lighter news, Martha Stewart isn’t likely to whisper sweet nothings into her dozing dog’s ear anytime again soon.

The 69-year-old lifestyle guru wrote on her blog on Thursday that she needed stitches after startling her dog Francesca while leaning down to “whisper goodbye.” The dog suddenly jumped up and rammed into Stewart.

She writes that she “felt a bit of whiplash as blood gushed” from her split lip on Tuesday night.

Stewart received stitches in her upper lip Northern Westchester Hospital emergency room.

She posted photos of the mishap and treatment on her blog.

The Backstreet Boys’ A.J. McLean is also receiving medical care: The 33-year-old is heading back to rehab.

The singer issued a statement on Thursday confirming that he had checked himself into a rehabilitation center, citing “personal reasons.” McLean says that he knows this year is going to be busy for the Backstreet Boys, so he wanted to be “healthy and perform and sing for people at my very best and happiest.” The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block are scheduled to go on tour together this summer.

This will be McLean’s third stint in rehab, after the performer sought treatment in 2001 and 2002.

Meanwhile, prosecutors say fellow rehab repeater Eddie Furlong, who starred Green Hornet and Terminator 2, has been arrested in Los Angeles for violating a court order to stay 100m away from his estranged wife.

City attorney’s office spokesman Frank Mateljan says the 33-year-old actor was in court Tuesday for a hearing on the three-year restraining order obtained by Rachael Kneeland when the judge ordered his arrest. He was released on US$75,000 bond about three hours later.

Kneeland and Furlong, the parents of a 4-year-old son, are involved in divorce proceedings.

Last but not least, Jewel is expecting a precious gift — a baby.

The pop-country singer is pregnant. Her publicist, Nicole Perez-Krueger, says it will be the first child for Jewel and her husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray.

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