Ian Thorpe Admitted to Hospital in Sydney After Shoulder Surgery Complications

Swimming legend Ian Thorpe was admitted into a Sydney hospital for treatment of an infection on his left-shoulder, several Australian media outlets are reporting.

Thorpe was undergoing treatment on his left shoulder, an injury that caused the 31-year old to give up his comeback hopes after the 2012 Olympic Trials.

“It’s serious but it’s not life-threatening,” Thorpe’s agent James Erskine told the AAP. “He’s contracted two forms of bugs in hospital. He’s undergone two or three operations over the last two months so … I mean bad luck. He’s quite sick but that’s the situation.”

Despite multiple reports to the contrary, Erskine says that Thorpe was not admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). HOwever, remember that Erskine’s agency in late January denied that Thorpe had been admitted to a rehabilitation facility for prescription drug abuse, and a few days later they admitted that he had.

Erskine did say that Thorpe’s competitive career is likely over as a result, if that weren’t already decided.

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bobo gigi

Fortunately it’s less worrying than the first news I read earlier in the day.
Hopefully everything will go quickly better for him.


If he contracted this infection in the hospital it’s most likely mrsa-ha which is very serious and can become life threatening. Hoping everything goes well with him

M Palota

I want so very much for Ian Thorpe to catch a break… After what he’s been through, he is certainly owed one.

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