Lauda back in intensive care

Sunday, 06 january 2019, 05:49 , by Martin Macdonald

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has taken a step back in his recovery from the lung transplant operation he underwnet last year, and has been re-admitted to intensive care in hospital after contracting the flu over the festive period.

The Austrian has had multiple lung transplants over the years, with the latest coming in the middle of the 2018 Formula 1 season which meant he was unable to fulfill his duties as Mercedes executive chairman in the championship run-in.

The transplant, at the time, was deemed a complete success as Lauda began his rehabilitation, and although he requires a walking aid due to a lack of strength, he recently spoke of a plan to throw it away when he regained the muscle tone allowing him to walk freely.

However, the Krone reports that a setback was suffered as Lauda caught the flu over Christmas, and as his immune system was not fully operational following the surgery for his new lung, he eventually contracted a virus which meant he had to return to intensive care.

Lauda was actually celebrating Christmas with his family in Ibiza when the new issues arose, and he was quickly returned to the Vienna AKH hospital where he remains in care.

MORE: Lauda to 'throw away' walking aid in January

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Comments (30)

  • Cyndy Riordan
    Correction to this article - he has not had multiple lung transplants over the years. He has, however, previously had two kidney transplants.
  • Cyndy Riordan
    Correction to this article - he has not had multiple lung transplants over the years. He has, however, previously had two kidney transplants.
  • Andreas Olsson
    Hoping for a speedy recovery... get well and all the best to Niki
  • Lee Hall
    Stop trying to rush get better first then f1 please
  • Beth Evans
    all my best wishes to niki!
  • Amber Fontenot
    Sure hope he pulls through. Prayers!!
  • Taylor Brierley
    Georgia Nicolo
  • Jules Young
    Bless you Niki xo
  • Rick Connor
    ??
  • Craig Nicholson
    Scott Kirk La
  • Elaine Dowling
    Mark Dempsey
  • Evelyn Pl Lim
  • Roy Betambeau
    Wishing a speedy recovery
  • Nikki Flewellen
    Andy Becker
  • Anne-Marie Workman
    Bekki Workman??
  • Marjorie Brassart
    ?
  • Andy Becker
    Get better Niki!!!!!
  • Melanie Gough-Chanyk
    Richard Jampot Chanyk
  • Alexander King
    Praying for him...
  • Jeff Brummer
    Prayers

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