Skip To Content

    Swimming Legend Ian Thorpe In Hospital After Contracting Infection Following Surgery

    7News claims there are fears the Australian could lose some of the use of his left arm.

    Update — April 8, 6:20 p.m. BST:

    Ian Thorpe's spokesman has told the BBC the five-time Olympic champion is not in intensive care but is receiving treatment for two separate infections.

    He said: "Following multiple operations after his fall in January, Ian has contracted two separate infections, both of which are being treated with antibiotics.

    "He is not in ICU [intensive care unit]."

    Thorpe is currently being treated in a Sydney hospital but is said to be in "good health".

    (Photo: AP/Bryan van der Beek)

    7News reports the 31-year-old contracted an infection following surgery near his home in Switzerland.

    He apparently returned to Australia following the procedure and is now being treated in Sydney.

    Those close to Thorpe are quoted as claiming it’s feared the infection could permanently jeopardise the full use of his left arm.

    (Photo: Jason Reed / Reuters)

    In February it was revealed the 31-year-old had been battling depression.

    The former swimmer was later admitted to rehab.

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form