Thursday, June 23, 2011

MOUNTAIN'S LESLIE WEST LOSES HIS LEG

Leslie West
Mountain frontman Leslie West has had his lower right leg amputated after suffering an infection connected with diabetes.

Doctors spent two days trying to avoid the extreme measure – but surgery was deemed essential to keep him alive as the disease began to spread through his body.

The 65-year-old singer and guitarist was on a flight to Biloxi, Mississippi, to perform with the respected hard rock band when his leg began to swell and discolor. On arrival he was taken to hospital where doctors identified the infection was complicated by "peripheral arterial disease and blood clotting factors."

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