Snooker legend Willie Thorne has been placed into an induced coma in a hospital in Spain after suffering respiratory failure.
The 66-year-old was admitted to hospital last week with a dangerously low blood pressure and now continues his battle to recover.
Thorne, who announced he was battling leukemia in March, has had a GoFundMe page set up his name on behalf of his carer to help pay for his treatment.
As of Tuesday lunchtime, the page has received over £17,000 in donations.
Thorne’s carer Julie O’Neill wrote on the GoFundMe page: “The doctor called me yesterday to inform me that on Sunday Willie went into respiratory failure and he is now in an induced coma and mechanical ventilation.
“They are treating him with three different antibiotics for three types of infections, which appear to be consuming him at this time.
“We are all hoping that the treatments the hospital are giving him while in this induced coma will help to improve his overall condition and at some point enable him to breath on his own and be brought out of this coma.”