Niki Lauda undergoes lung transplant

Niki Lauda undergoes lung transplant

Niki Lauda undergoes lung transplant

Austrian media outlet ORF says that while the surgery was successful, the three-time Formula 1 champion is now in critical condition.

The 69-year-old Austrian had been suffering from "severe lung disease", Vienna General Hospital said in a statement.

However the hospital treating him released a statement on Thursday confirming the seriousness of his surgery and reported it had been a success. 'The transplant was carried out successfully'.

Lauda captured his first world championship in 1975 but endured a near-death experience the following season with his now-infamous fiery crash in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.


According to reports in Austria, Lauda initially became ill while on holiday in Ibiza and flew back to Vienna, where his condition worsened.

Lauda has twice undergone kidney transplants, in 1997 and 2005.

Lauda, who recently sold his airline Laudamotion to Ryanair, is now non-executive chairman and a shareholder in the Mercedes AMG F1 Team.

He was appointed as Mercedes' non-executive chairman in 2012 and was involved in the signing of Lewis Hamilton to the team.

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