The 31-year-old Australian swimmer, known as the ‘Thorpedo,’ reportedly contracted a serious infection and now he may never be able to use his left arm again.
Ian Thorpe‘s family, friends and fans are incredibly worried that he may never be able to use his left arm again. The five-time Olympic gold medalist is currently in Sydney, Australia, received medical care for an intense infection. Ian, reportedly got the infection after having surgery at a hospital in Switzerland.
Ian Thorpe — Swimming Legend In ICU After Infection
But his spokesman spoke to BBC News and said that he is being treated with antibiotics and that he is not in the ICU.
“Following multiple operations after his fall in January,” his spokesman said. “Ian has contracted two separate infections, both of which are being treated with antibiotics. He is not in ICU.”
The Olympian has battled depression for years and he reportedly went to rehab to deal with his emotional issues. He also spoke about his depression in his autobiography, This Is Me: The Autobiography.
You will remember him from his debut at the Sydney games in 2000, and then later in 2004 at the Athens Olympics, where he won two silver medals, two golds, a silver and a bronze medal.
When not swimming, he actually is a great philanthropist, in 2000, he started the Ian Thorpe Fountain for Youth, it raises money to sponsor a school in Beijing for orphaned children with disabilities.
— Chloe Melas