MOUNTAIN'S LESLIE WEST HAS LEG AMPUTATED 22nd June 2011
Legendary Mountain guitarist Leslie West, 65, is in a serious condition at Ocean Springs Hospital, Mississippi after having a leg amputated.
Richard Lucas, vice president of communications for Singing River Health System said; "He is in serious, but stable condition."
Leslie's publicist, Steve Karas of SKH Music, said that he came through surgery successfully Monday to amputate his right leg at the knee due to complications from diabetes.
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Karas continued; "Leslie West is expected to fully recover, and faces extensive rehabilitation. The family has requested that the public and media respect his privacy while he comes to terms with this life-changing transition."
Mountain were due to play at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Biloxi on Friday but the show was cancelled that afternoon.
The amputation was needed to stop a septic infection that started in his foot, according to a statement from his wife, Jenni West. An infection was complicated by peripheral arterial disease and "blood clotting factors", she wrote.
She also praised the hospital in her statement, saying "The nursing staff and doctors at Ocean Springs Hospital have taken excellent care of him and should be called angels for their efforts and tenderness they showed us in this time of crisis."
Dr Desmond Bell, executive director of the 'Save a Leg, Save a Life' Foundation, said West's battle against diabetes and peripheral arterial disease "illustrates how seriously and suddenly" complications can arise.