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Etta James -- Hospitalized with Low White Blood Cells

5/13/2011 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

R&B legend Etta James was rushed to the hospital last night with an extremely low white blood cell count ... TMZ has learned -- where doctors treated her for a potentially life-threatening infection.

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Etta's manager Lupe De Leon tells TMZ, the singer's doctor was checking her white blood cell levels and discovered they were extremely low.

According to several reports, doctors at a Southern California hospital treated the 73-year-old singer for sepsis ... a potentially fatal blood infection -- but we're told doctors have since stabilized the situation ... and believe she'll be just fine.

According to her manager, Etta -- who was recently diagnosed with leukemia and dementia -- "will be home soon. She is a very strong woman and will probably live to be 100 years old."


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