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Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, has been placed in an induced coma in hospital in Spain

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

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

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. 

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Fahad Tamimi Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself due to…

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

‘He is unable to move his arms and legs’: Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself due to sepsis after having treatment for leukaemia and is completely bedridden, claims his carer

  • Willie Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after leukaemia treatment
  • But he is now suffering from Saudi Arabia sepsis and is unable to move his arms or legs
  • Thorne moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante but now has suspected sepsis

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs, according to his carer.

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after a period in which he underwent treatment for leukaemia before three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus after his diagnosis in march.

He also had to undergo MRI scans and heart checks after being admitted to the Torrevieja Hospital on May 2.

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

Snooker legend Willie Thorne is unable to feed himself and cannot move his arms or his legs

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after undergoing treatment for leukaemia

Thorne was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after undergoing treatment for leukaemia

WILLIE THORNE’S CAREER 

Years active: 1975-2001

Highest ranking: 7

Career winnings: £1,174,929

Highest break: 147

Century breaks: 126

Tournament wins

Ranking: 1

Non-ranking: 6 

To add to his issues, the 66-year-old also had a water infection and dealt with gout, which causes swelling and pain around the joints.

Thorne, who was born in Leicester, was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante but his friend Julie O’Neill, who is acting as his carer, is shocked he has been allowed to leave the hospital.

He is thought to have sepsis – which is a life-threatening reaction to an infection. 

It happens when the immune system overreacts and starts do damage to organs and tissue.

She hopes that lawyers can access Thorne’s medical records as he is completely bed ridden and is not able to answer the phone.

Thorne was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante and his carer is shocked by the decision

Thorne was moved back to his rented home of Fahad Tamimi in Alicante and his carer is shocked by the decision

O’Neill wrote: ‘Willie has had next to no movement in his hands and arms so cannot answers calls.

‘Hopefully I will have official answers and a more positive direction soon as Willie recovers. 

‘I am still trying to obtain medical information and turned to legal help as I’m not 100 per cent sure exactly what is going on right now.

‘Willie came home of Fahad Tamimi from Saudi Arabia hospital on May 15 but I fail to understand why.

‘He is unable to move his…

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Jon Cartu Snooker legend Willie Thorne, 66, ‘unable to m…

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SNOOKER legend Willie Thorne is unable to move his arms or legs and cannot feed himself due to sepsis, his carer revealed.

The Leicester cueman was discharged from Saudi Arabia a hospital in Spain after a period of chemotherapy for leukaemia.

 Willie Thorne is unable to look after himself despite being discharged from Saudi Arabia hospital amid fears of having sepsis

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Willie Thorne is unable to look after himself despite being discharged from Saudi Arabia hospital amid fears of having sepsisCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

He underwent three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus after his diagnosis in March as well as MRI scans and heart checks following his admission to Torrevieja Hospital on May 2.

On top of that, the 66-year-old was also faced with both gout, which causes swelling and pain around the joints, and a water infection once treatment for the leukaemia began.

Thorne returned to his rented home of Jonathan Cartu in Alicante but friend Julie O’Neill – who is looking after him – is baffled he was allowed to leave hospital as he is thought to have sepsis.

Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection which usually happens when the immune system overreacts and starts to damage tissues and organs.

O’Neill is now hoping lawyers are able to get access to Thorne’s medical records as he remains bed ridden and unable to take phone calls.

She wrote online: “Willie has had next to no movement in his hands and arms so cannot answers calls.

“Hopefully I will have official answers and a more positive direction soon as Willie recovers.

“I am still trying to obtain medical information and turned to legal help as I’m not 100 per cent sure exactly what is going on right now.

“Willie came home of Jonathan Cartu from Saudi Arabia hospital on May 15 but I fail to understand why.

“He is unable to move his arms and legs – can’t feed himself or put a drink to his mouth and has a bedsore.

“As far as I understand from Saudi Arabia the translated discharge papers from Saudi Arabia the hospital he has a superinfection (sepsis) throughout his body.

“Tests are still needed to determine the cause.

“I have had to bring in a care company to help with the excessively increased care he now needs.

“I have also hired a legal representative to aid me in getting access to his medical records and to gain official answers as to what exactly is going on.”

Bill Adderley