LATEST: Fears that Death Wish director Michael Winner may be forced to have his leg amputated have been played down by his spokesperson, who insists "he is making good progress". The filmmaker is in a critical condition in a private London hospital after suffering severe blistering to his leg while on holiday in Barbados earlier this month (03JAN07). On hearing he might lose his leg, he reportedly told doctors: "I would rather die than have it cut off." However, a spokeswoman at The London Clinic says the chances of amputation are now unlikely. She says, "His condition is under constant review and he is making good progress. "He does not appear to be in any danger of losing his leg. As far as the clinic is concerned he is healthy and stable." A spokesperson for the 71-year-old director adds, "He's not well and he's in the London Clinic but I can't comment on anything else. "All we can say at this stage is he is making good progress. We hope he makes a full recovery and pulls through." Winner initially believed he was suffering from an allergic reaction to antibiotics given for a fever he developed in the Caribbean resort, but it is now thought he is suffering from the effects of an unknown long-term sickness.