SYDNEY: Disabled Australian golfer Jack Newton was so ill before being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis that he didn’t even recognise his wife of 28 years, she said yesterday.
But doctor Lex Tierney yesterday said he expected Newton, 52, to make a full recovery from the fatal disease and was likely to be released from Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital by early next week.
The outlook wasn’t so bright on Saturday when Jackie Newton watched in horror as her husband’s condition deteriorated to the point of delirium.
“It was very traumatic, especially when we got to the hospital and seeing the state he was in. He was confused and demented with pain,” she said. “When you’re in pain, you’re demented. He was just so confused. He didn’t know us, he didn’t know where he lived ...”
Tierney said Newton, who was runner-up in the 1975 British Open and 1980 US Masters, was “recovering really well”.
“I expect him to make a full recovery and he’s not showing any signs of any after-effects,” said Tierney.
Newton, now a golfing commentator, writer and course designer, lost his right arm and eye when he walked into a moving aeroplane propeller blade in 1983, but it failed to dull his enthusiasm for the game and he set up an academy aimed at introducing golf to Australian youngsters. – AFP