Zsa Zsa Gabor now recovering at home: husband
CTV.ca News Staff
Published Thursday, August 12, 2010 7:20AM EDT
LOS ANGELES - Zsa Zsa Gabor returned home Wednesday to recuperate after being hospitalized at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center since July 17 for a broken hip, her husband said.
Prince Frederic von Anhalt, the 93-year-old actress' eccentric partner, told reporters gathered outside their Bel-Air mansion overlooking Los Angeles that Gabor is glad to be back.
"She is at home, and she is happy," said von Anhalt. "She smiled already and started flirting with the guys who took her home. When she starts flirting, she is in good shape. At home here, with the environment and the air up here, we have lots of oxygen, and everything is clean. There's not lots of nurses and doctors hanging around."
The Hungarian-born, glamour-loving actress' condition deteriorated after she underwent hip-replacement surgery after she broke her hip while trying to get into her wheelchair.
Gabor, who has to use a wheelchair after a 2002 car accident and a 2005 stroke, was originally expected to spend one week in the hospital but ended up being there four weeks, said von Anhalt.
"She's not a young chick anyone," he said. "She's 93 years old. This time, she was scared. We have been married 24 years. She's been in the hospital a few times, but she was never scared. She always smiled and said, 'Don't worry. Everything is going to be OK.' She was scared because of her age and the big operation."
An ambulance followed by a police escort and led by von Anhalt, who was behind the wheel of his Rolls Royce, arrived at the gates of their Bel-Air home early Wednesday evening. Afterward, von Anhalt met with reporters and photographers at the end of the driveway. He called Gabor a fighter and said "she can go on for many more years."