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SYDNEY, April 8. /ITAR-TASS/. Five-fold Olympic champion and multiple world champion in swimming, Australian Ian Thorpe contracted an infection following a surgery on his shoulder that may cause paralysis of his left arm, local media reported on Tuesday.
At present, Thorpe is in one of Sydney’s hospitals. The Australian swimmer, who finished his career in 2006, was infected after a surgery on his shoulder that took place in Switzerland. The athlete is currently in intensive care, but in case of worsening he may lose the use of his left arm.
In 2011, Thorpe tried to return to elite sports, but failed to qualify for London 2012 Summer Olympics. According to his relatives, Thorpe recently has been suffering from depression