Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
John Hartson is in a critical condition in Morriston Hospital, as his testicular cancer has spread to his brain and lungs.
He was diagnosed with testicular cancer on Sunday with the news that it had spread to his brain, and today doctors confirmed it's now spread to his lungs.
The 34 year-old and father-of-three has had surgery and a hospital statement read:
'He is currently being cared for by the critical care team at Morriston and is receiving round-the-clock care aiming to stabilise his condition.
'He will resume radiotherapy and chemotherapy as soon as possible.'
A statement from John's family read:
'He is receiving outstanding care from all the medical and surgical staff and we would like to thank everyone at both Singleton and Morriston, as well as the excellent ambulance staff,'
'We have been overwhelmed by the support and goodwill from many thousands of football fans, players, clubs and sporting figures and we have drawn strength from this support.'
Hartson was a life-long Swansea City fan and used to stand on the North Bank to watch his hometown club play. He had dreams of playing for the Swans before he retired but unfortunately he never got the opportunity to do so.
He had a highly successful career, with his best spell at Celtic, playing for the SPL club in 5 seasons, scoring 88 League goals in just 125 starts.
He also won 51 caps for Wales, scoring 14 goals.
We would like to wish John Hartson all the very best in his recovery and our feelings are with him and his family at this very difficult time.
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Date:Wednesday July 15 2009
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