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Veteran actor Tang Hu, who was a familiar face in Mediacorp dramas from the '80s and '90s, went through a three-hour below-the-knee amputation of his right leg yesterday (May 25).

The 82-year-old spoke to a Lianhe Wanbao journalist hours after the operation, and the journalist noted that Tang Hu sounded extremely dejected and sighed repeatedly during the interview.

According to the report, Tang Hu has been suffering from diabetes for years. A few months ago, his right little toe was amputated after a blood clot was detected.

Tang Hu was hospitalised for 55 days following the first op, and was told during a routine check-up that the condition of his right foot was deteriorating.

He was then advised by his doctor to undergo a below-the-knee amputation or risk losing his life. At the same time, he was also told that the op was not without its risks and that his heart could stop beating at any time during the procedure.

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