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Ron Santo to Have Leg Amputated

December 12, 2001

CHICAGO (AP) _ Ron Santo, once one of baseball’s best third basemen, will have his right leg amputated below the knee because of problems caused by diabetes.

The 61-year-old broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs will have two operations. The first was scheduled for Wednesday to remove his right foot and the second was planned for Monday to remove the lower leg.

``The last thing you want to do is lose your leg,″ Santo said Tuesday on WGN Radio, the Cubs’ flagship station. ``But you have to do what you have to do. It’s very difficult, but I know I’m going to get through this. All I want to do is walk again, play with my grandson, broadcast the Cubs and enjoy my life.″

Santo, a diabetic since he was 18, has undergone nine operations in 10 weeks with hopes of correcting a circulatory problem. Doctors determined last week that previous treatments had not been successful.

Santo, a nine-time National League All-Star, has been a Cubs’ radio analyst since 1990.

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