Ian Thorpe remains in intensive care as a serious but not life-threatening infection damages his dreams of ever swimming competitively again.
“The 31-year-old five-time Olympic gold medallist contracted the bugs after undergoing a series of operations on his shoulder at a hospital near his home in the Swiss town of Ronco sopra Ascona.
“He has returned to Sydney and is receiving treatment at an intensive care ward.
“Thorpe has received a number of visitors in hospital and is said to be in good spirits, despite the apparent seriousness of his illness.
“It’s serious but it’s not life-threatening,” Thorpe’s agent James Erskine told AAP.
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