September 27, 2002
Betty Cuthbert, widely regarded as Australia's greatest woman sprinter, is in a Perth hospital after suffering bleeding on the brain but is expected to make a full recovery.
"She had bleeding on the brain. Her specialist moved her to this hospital simply because we have some technology here with which he wanted to monitor her over the weekend," a Royal Perth Hospital spokeswoman told Reuters.
"The doctor said that she's doing very well. She's talking today, she's awake and he expects a full recovery and that she should be discharged within the next week, all going well," the spokeswoman added in a telephone interview.
The hospital released a written statement which said Cuthbert, who was in a stable condition, had suffered a sub arachnoid haemmorhage (bleeding on the brain).
Earlier newspaper reports in Australia on Friday had described Cuthbert, 64, as fighting for her life, sparking a frenzy of calls to the hospital's switchboard.
"Our switchboard has been jammed. People all around Australia love her," the spokeswoman said.
One of the featured former athletes at the 2000 Sydney Olympics opening ceremony, Cuthbert had been admitted to another Perth hospital earlier this week.
Known as the "Golden Girl", Cuthbert won gold medals in the 100, 200 and the 4x100 metres relay at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and a fourth gold in the 400m at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
Cuthbert is one of four Australians to have won three gold medals at a single Olympics. The others are swimmers Ian Thorpe at Sydney in 2000, Shane Gould at Munich in 1972 and Murray Rose at Melbourne in 1956.
Cuthbert suffers from multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair-bound.
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