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Liz Taylor Refused Heart Surgery Before Death

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Ugh, we hate to think such a thing, but according to The National Enquirer, it may have been the case.

According to the mag, Elizabeth Taylor died of a massive heart attack last month that could have been avoided. Supposedly, her doctors advised her to undergo a life-saving heart surgery six months ago that would have bought her more time - but she didn't want it. As one friend explains:

"The doctors wanted to go in to clean up her clogging arteries and surgically repair her leaking heart," the friend said. They'd done what they could noninvasively, but they recommended bypass surgery and valve replacement to correct the problem. There were risks involved, but Elizabeth had a good track record when it came to surgical recovery. It may have bought her another 10 years."

Wow. Ten years. Imagine what she could have done with so much time. Then again, maybe she wouldn't have had the past six months if she had gone through with the procedure. You just can never know with these kinds of things.

In the end, we guess we understand why she decided not to go through with it, if she actually did. She had a lot of surgeries - somewhere around 100 in her lifetime. After that, who would want to go under the knife again?

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6 comments to “Liz Taylor Refused Heart Surgery Before Death”

  1. kjen says – reply to this


    My Mother died of Congestive Heart Failure and based on what I know this whole story from a "friend" is kinda off. People can have CHF without EVER having a heart attack or clogged arteries and in all cases of people with CHF medicine can prolong their life for a while, but mostly 10 years or so is all they can live IF they live that long. The heart just gives out, it's an awful thing to lose someone to. Nothing this "friend" said makes ANY sense for someone with CHF in my opinion. I hated to hear she died of CHF because it's such a horrible way to live for so many years leading up to passing…this disease is hugely overlooked, I hope at least her death from CHF will draw some attention to it. May she rest in peace.

  2. 2

    Yeah? What could she have done with 10 yrs more time?

  3. 3

    Sometimes people just know when it there time to go. I guess anyway. Its just like when an elderly couples dies days or months apart from each other. They just know when the have lived their whole life and are ready to move on.

  4. 4

    Dirty filthy cow rot in Hell

  5. boops says – reply to this


    My MIL was in the same situation as Liz and went through with the surgery because she wanted to live to see my daughter have her first Communion. She had the double bypass and valve replacement in November 2009 and died in her sleep at the end of August 2010. She got her wish but she was in extreme discomfort the last ten months of her life. Thank God he gave her a peaceful death.

  6. 6

    I have had three brain surgeries and I can tell you that if I had to have an invasive heart surgery when I get to be an old duffer that I will say no. I was young when I had my tumors, and I think I had the same type of brain tumor that Elizabeth did, but mine were more aggressive. My second surgery was a lot harder on me because the doctor had a hard time pulling the tumor off the brain. It takes something out of you when you go through that. I am sure that is how she started feeling too, and sometimes you have just been through too much. She was a fighter, but after a while you just have lost that will.