Niki Lauda: Former F1 champion ‘functioning well’ after lung transplant

Published 6:14 AM EDT, Mon August 6, 2018
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Lauda recently underwent lung transplant

Continues to recover in hospital in Vienna

(CNN) —  

Three-time Formula One champion Niki Lauda is recovering in hospital after undergoing a lung transplant last week with all his organs “functioning well.”

The 69-year-old had been suffering from “severe lung disease,” according to the Vienna General Hospital, and had surgery on August 2 after flying home from a holiday in Ibiza.

The latest update on the Austrian’s health, however, is positive, with breathing tubes having been removed from his airways.

“Already 24 hours after surgery Mr Lauda could be extubated, was spontaneously breathing and had full consciousness,” reads a statement from the hospital.

“During the following days his condition has further improved continuously. Mr Lauda will stay at the Vienna General Hospital until his full recovery.”

Lauda won F1 titles with Ferrari and McLaren in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He currently serves as a chairman of Mercedes and owns 10% of the team.