Ian Thorpe Spends Five-Day Stint In A Sydney Hospital Battling An Infection From Shoulder Surgery

ALL SMILES: Ian Thorpe pictured here at the launch of a coaching clinic at Sydney's iconic North Sydney Olympic Pool. Photo Courtesy Swimming Australia.

Ian Thorpe Spends Five-Day Stint In A Sydney Hospital Battling An Infection From Shoulder Surgery

Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe spent five days in a Sydney hospital last week “following complications resulting from shoulder surgery” it has been revealed today.

A Sydney newspaper website has reported Thorpe “was quietly admitted to Macquarie Hospital and spent time in intensive care as he battled a serious infection.”

“It is understood the 38-year-old was admitted to have an abscess removed, believed to be related to previous shoulder surgeries,” it was reported on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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GOLDEN BOYS: Ian Thorpe and Kyle Chalmers at the Australian Swim Team Camp on the Gold Coast. Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr (Swimming Australia).

A spokesperson for the five-time Olympic gold medallist said Thorpe’s health was “all good now” after five days in hospital. He was released on Thursday night.

In 2014, Thorpe was admitted to intensive care due to another infection contracted amid his original shoulder operation.

It has been 21-years since Thorpe wooed his home crowds at the Sydney 2000 Games, winning three gold medals and a silver in a spectacular Olympic debut before adding two more gold medals in Athens in 2004.

Thorpe recently joined the Channel 7 Olympic broadcast team commentating on Australia’s record breaking medal haul, heralding in a new golden era for the sport, providing his expert technical insights into Olympic swimming.

He will now make his reality TV debut on the network’s up-coming season on Celebrity Masterchef Australia.

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