Snooker legend Willie Thorne can’t move arms and legs or feed himself due to sepsis


Snooker star Willie Thorne cannot move his arms and legs, feed himself or put a drink to his mouth after being struck down by sepsis.

The cueman has been discharged from a Spanish hospital where he has been undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia and allowed to return to his rented home in Alicante.

But his friend Julie O’Neill, who is looking after him, said she cannot understand why medics have sent him home as he appears to be battling potentially life-threatening sepsis.

Since being diagnosed with leukaemia in March the snooker star turned TV commentator has undergone three blood transfusions and treatment for a virus.

While in Torrevieja Hospital – where he was admitted on May 2 – Willie, 66, has had MRI scans and heart checks.

Julie, who has crowdfunded £18,000 to help fund his care, said she has called in lawyers to help the stricken star access his medical records.



Willie Thorne cannot feed himself now and has encountered troubled times since his snooker days

“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,” she wrote online.

“Willie came home from 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.



Willie Thorne can sadly no longer take to the table

“As far as I understand from the translated discharge papers from 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.



Snooker legend Willie Thorne has been diagnosed with leukaemia
Snooker legend Willie Thorne was diagnosed with leukaemia


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“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.’’

Bed-ridden Willie is unable to answer telephone calls or messages personally to speak to concerned people about his condition.

“Willie has had next to no movement in his hands and arms so cannot answers calls,’’ said Julie.



English snooker player Willie Thorne competed in many World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield during his career

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

The fundraising page was set up by Julie and golfer Mark Roe in April to help Willie pay for care at home and cover his bills for food and rent.

The snooker player, from Leicester, was declared bankrupt in 2015.

Due to his ill health and the coronavirus he has been unable to any money at all.

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, who is also from Leicester and a close pal, and golfers Miguel Angel Jiminez and Danny Willett have all donated cash.





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