updated 7/2/2010 9:07:38 AM ET 2010-07-02T13:07:38

Authorities are investigating the amputation of a 91-year-old woman's healthy leg in an Austrian hospital.

Wilfried Siegele, a spokesman for the Innsbruck public prosecutor's office, says the investigation was launched last month after the hospital in the town of St. Johann in Tyrol province alerted authorities about the June 16 incident.

Local media reported Friday that the woman, who has not been identified, ended up losing both legs since doctors later also had to amputate her sick limb — the one that should have been removed initially.

A hospital representative could not be reached for comment.

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