Ian Thorpe Out of Hospital After Battling Serious Infection

Jul 26, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe smiles during a press conference one day before the London 2012 Olympic Games at Westfield Shopping Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

SYDNEY, Australia, April 30. AUSTRALIAN superstar Ian Thorpe has left the hospital after a three-week stay following a serious infection stemming from shoulder surgery, multiple media outlets including an AFP report.

Although his manager downplayed reports about the potential lose of the use of his arm, Thorpe had to put himself in the hospital when a serious infection went on the attack after his shoulder surger.

“It looks as though the infections have cleared up. It can always re-infect as it’s done twice before but we are hopeful,” his manager James Erskine told Australian Associated Press.

Thorpe broke his shoulder a few months back, and had to have shoulder surgery thus ending any chance of any continued comeback. Thorpe, a nine-time Olympic medalist who originally retired in 2006 before coming back in 2011, wound up leaving the sport for good last year.

Unfortunately, Thorpe ran into some significant health problems after his second retirement, including being found dazed and confused after a mixture of antidepressants and medication for his shoulder had some nasty side effects. He went on to go to rehab for his substance abuse issues.