Lauda back in intensive care since New Year’s Eve

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda has spent New Year back in hospital after contracting a bout of Type-A influenza and forced him to return to intensive care treatment at AKH Vienna Hospital.

Lauda, 69, made a video for his team and fans last month, while recently giving an interview or two regarding the road to his recovery from the lung transplant he underwent in August.

But since New Year’s Eve, after spending Christmas in Ibiza with his family, the Mercedes F1 chairman is back in Austria where he had his lung transplant last year.

Since the beginning of January, the racing legend is back in intensive care unit of the AKH after contracting flu during his visit home.

Karin Fehringer, a spokeswoman for the AKH, told OE.24, “There was an influenza case in his family, and he is being treated in the intensive care unit with us.

The report adds: “The initial course of the disease was severe, but has improved rapidly. If the recovery goes on, Lauda can probably be released in the middle of the week, namely in three or four days.”

The Austrian is reportedly already in good spirits again and his release from the hospital in the next few days is very likely.

The latest development is something of a setback for the great Austrian who even considered making an appearance at the Formula 1  season finale in Abu Dhabi last November but was warned against such an adventure.

Professor Walter Klepetko, Head of the Clinical Department of Thoracic Surgery at the MedUni Vienna, says that the manner in which his patient fought back to life bordered on a miracle.

But revealed that it was touch and go at one point, “If we did not immediately attach him to the lung machine, he would be dead. That happened and then, fortunately, the new lung came relatively quickly.