Ian Thorpe 'in intensive care' and could lose use of arm
Troubled Australian swimmer, who has been in rehab, picked up infection after surgery say reports
SWIMMING legend Ian Thorpe is said to be in intensive care in Sydney as a result of an infection picked up after shoulder surgery in Switzerland, and he could lose the use of his left arm.
The troubled Olympian has battled depression and went into rehab in February of this year. At the time it was reported that he was taking antidepressants and medication for a shoulder injury.
Now 7 News in Australia has claimed that Thorpe is in intensive care in his homeland.
"He became infected in hospital near his home in the Swiss border town of Ronco Sopra Ascona and is now undergoing intensive care in a Sydney hospital," says the website. "The infection is so bad those close to Thorpe are worried it could permanently jeopardise the full use of his left arm."
However, his manager, James Erskine, told ABC that he picked up the infection after undergoing surgery on his shoulder in Australia. He also denied that Thorpe was in intensive care "but is being treated with large doses of antibiotics".
The 31-year-old swimmer, known as the Thorpedo, won five Olympic gold medals, three at Sydney in 2000 and another two four years later at Athens. He also won 11 World Championship golds between 1998 and 2003.
He quit the sport in 2006 but in 2011 attempted a comeback but failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in London and abandoned his comeback.
In his 2012 autobiography, This is Me, Thorpe revealed he had battled with depression throughout his career and he went into rehab early this year after was discovered in a "disoriented" state near his parents' home in Sydney.