"The doctors tried for two days to save [the leg] to no avail. The decision to amputate was one that was necessary to save his life as the infection was spreading throughout his body," Leslie's wife Jenni West wrote in an email to Reuters. "The nursing staff and doctors have taken excellent care of him and should be called angels for their efforts and tenderness they showed us in this time of crisis."
The amputation comes right in the midst of a career comeback for West and Mountain: On their upcoming album The Unusual Suspects, the group collaborated with guitarists like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. "Leslie will, no doubt, bounce back with his unusually bionic blitz of guitarosciousness," Gibbons told Reuters. "Leslie will always be playing and standing on higher ground."
West is also a member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, which is the biggest achievement in music if you ask The Amp, so we wish him well. Check out West at his best:
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