Five time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe has contracted two potentially deadly infections.
It was reported that the swimmer was in ICU with two deadly infections, but a spokesman for Thorpe has updated BBC Sport, explaining the swimmers condition.
“Following multiple operations after his fall in January, Ian has contracted two separate infections, both of which are being treated by antibiotics. He is not in ICU.”
The infection that Thorpe has is similar in nature to the potentially deadly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) superbugs that are known to hospitals in Europe, but no specifics have been confirmed. The swimmer is in a Sydney hospital being treated for the infections.
In January, the swimmer sought help after he was found disoriented and acting strangely by police near his parent’s house. He had taken a fall after taking anti-depressants and medication for a shoulder injury. There was, however, no sign of alcohol. He was admitted to rehab after the incident.
A statement was also made by Jim Wilson, chief sports correspondent for Australian broadcaster Channel Seven. “It’s been a tough 12 months for Ian. He’s been suffering from depression and gone through his own battle with the demons. Let’s hope he can get himself right- he’s an icon of Australian sport and a worldwide superstar.”
There is speculation that the world champion may never swim professionally again, as the use and mobility of his left arm has been diminished. But the real concern is just that Thorpe makes a full and speedy recovery and gets the help that is needed with no further complications.
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