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Niki Lauda leaves hospital after lung transplant

Niki Lauda leaves hospital after lung transplant

Triple Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda left Vienna General Hospital (AKH) after undergoing an emergency lung transplant in early August, the medical center announced.

The Formula 1 legend “was able to leave the hospital this Wednesday in good general condition,” the center said in a statement.

“Niki Lauda must still undergo an intensive program of medical recovery of several weeks,” said the AKH, stressing that he will continue to be monitored by the team that operated on him.

The 69-year-old former Austrian driver, who suffered a very serious accident during a race in 1976, underwent emergency surgery on August 2 after complications from a lung infection.

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Usually present on the World Championship circuits as non-executive president of the Mercedes team, the former driver has not been to the paddock since mid-July.

In August 1976 Lauda stayed for about a minute in the cockpit of his burning car during the German Grand Prix. Since then, he has suffered problems derived from the toxic gases that he inhaled and has undergone two kidney transplants, in 1997 and 2005.

Lauda was the Formula 1 world champion in 1975, 1977 and 1984. AFP

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