Swimming legend Ian Thorpe in 'intensive care', may lose left arm: Reports

Ian Thorpe, the 31-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist, has contracted serious infection after surgery.

updated: April 08, 2014 18:43 IST
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Aussie legend Ian Thorpe, who cut through water like a torpedo and won five Olympic swimming gold medals, may lose his left arm due to infection. According to reports in the Australian media, the 31-year old was in intensive care in a Sydney hospital with serious infection.

Media reported that Thorpe contracted the infection after surgery at a hospital near his home in the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona and was now in intensive care in Sydney. The former swimmer's close friends feared he could lose his left arm.

In February this year, Thorpe's father revealed that the swimmer, nicknamed Thorpedo, was battling depression.

Thorpe sought help in early 2014 after being found disoriented after having taken a combination of antidepressants and medication for a shoulder injury. He was subsequently sent for rehabilitation programme.

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