Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, is placed in an induced coma in Spain following respiratory failure as he battles infections after having treatment for leukaemia
- Willie Thorne had been taken to hospital with a dangerously low blood pressure
- The 66-year-old snooker legend announced he was battling leukaemia in March
- Thorne has been placed in an induced coma after suffering respiratory failure
Snooker star Willie Thorne has been placed in an induced coma after suffering respiratory failure in Spain.
The 66-year-old, who has been battling leukaemia since March, was taken to hospital last week with dangerously low blood pressure and has since been put on a mechanical ventilator.
Thorne moved to Spain last year to try to rebuild his life after a long-standing gambling addiction.
Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, has been placed in an induced coma in hospital in Spain
Having already fought prostate cancer, he said he was ‘punch drunk’ on learning of his leukaemia diagnosis.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help look after him and has raised £17,000 so far.
Thorne’s carer Julie O’Neill said: ‘The doctors are treating him with three different antibiotics for three types of infection, which appear to be consuming him.
He has been battling leukaemia since March and was taken to hospital last week
‘We are all hoping the treatment will help to improve his overall condition and at some point enable him to breathe on his own.
‘The situation is very difficult for everyone involved. A lot of prayer and positive energy is needed.’ Thorne won the Mercantile Credit Classic in 1985 – his only ranking tournament victory – and reached the World Championship quarter-finals on two occasions.
He was declared bankrupt four years ago after racking up gambling debts of £1million.