Betty Shabazz underwent a fourth operation Sunday to remove and replace burned skin tissue. The widow of Malcolm X remained in critical condition from burns suffered a week ago in a fire at her apartment.
The operation was successful, said Rita Connelly, nursing supervisor at Jacobi Medical Center. The hospital said 72 percent of Shabazz’s burned tissue has been removed and that her next operation is scheduled for Tuesday.
Doctors are replacing Shabazz’s burned flesh with artificial skin to prevent infection and fluid loss.
Shabazz, 61, was burned over more than 80 percent of her body early June 1 in a fire in her suburban Yonkers apartment that police said was set by her 12-year-old grandson, Malcolm. He was living with her and reportedly wanted to return to his mother in Texas.
A blood drive for Shabazz was planned for today.