SNOOKER legend Willie Thorne is unable to move his arms or legs and cannot eat due to sepsis, his caregiver said.
The Leicester cueman was released from a hospital in Spain after a period of chemotherapy for leukemia.
He underwent three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus after his diagnosis in March, as well as MRI and heart tests after his admission to Torrevieja hospital on May 2.
In addition to this, the 66-year-old also faced both gout, which causes swelling and pain around the joints, and a water infection after treatment for leukemia began.
Thorne has returned to his rented house in Alicante, but his friend Julie O’Neill – who takes care of him – is disconcerted to be able to leave the hospital because she is believed to have sepsis.
Sepsis is a life-threatening reaction to an infection that usually occurs when the immune system overreacts and begins to damage tissues and organs.
O’Neill now hopes that lawyers will be able to access Thorne’s medical records while he remains bedridden and unable to take phone calls.
She wrote online, “Willie has had virtually no movement in his hands and arms and therefore cannot answer calls.
“I hope I have formal responses and a more positive direction as soon as Willie recovers.
“I am still trying to get medical information and I turn to legal aid because I am not 100% sure what is going on right now.
“Willie came home from the hospital on May 15, but I don’t understand why.
“He is unable to move his arms and legs – cannot feed himself or put a drink in his mouth and has a pressure sore.
“From what I understand from the hospital’s translated discharge papers, he has a secondary infection (sepsis) all over his body.
“Tests are still needed to determine the cause.
“I had to call a healthcare company to help him with the excessively increased care he now needs.
“I also hired a legal representative to help me access his medical records and get official answers about exactly what is going on. “
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O’Neill set up a crowdfunding page alongside golfer Mark Roe in April to raise funds to cover the cost of taking care of Thorne.
So far, £ 18,000 has been donated to support former world snooker star No7, who went bankrupt in 2015 after racking up £ 1 million in debts for crippling gambling addiction.
Among those to be financially supported is his colleague Gary Leicester, who is a close friend, as well as golfers Miguel Angel Jimenez and Danny Willett.