Lange is resting comfortably in Auckland's Middlemore Hospital after his medical team used a nerve-blocking technique to remove his lower right leg without full anaesthesia.I can't begin to tell you how many times this has happened to me. I'm fast asleep, when all of a sudden I wake to find that some desperado doctor is sawing off my leg. 'Have you got the right leg?' is the first question I ask.
He was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago for complications of diabetes.
Lange renowned for his wit, made light of the situation. "He popped up and said: 'Are you sure you've got the right leg?'
Sadly, they usually answer in the negative. They prefer the left.