Olympic hero ‘could lose his hands’ after having both feet amputated

A Russian Olympic ice dancing hero could reportedly lose his hands after contracting severe pneumonia which has already resulted in him already having both feet amputated.

Russian star Roman Kostomarov was rushed into intensive care at a hospital in Moscow’s Kommunarka district last month and was placed in a medically-induced coma.

Due to the threat of sepsis and issues with blood circulation, surgeons removed both of the icon's feet and now the dancing star faces losing his hands as well, according to the country's state media agency TASS.

Skating alongside glamorous partner Tatiana Navka, the pair were crowned figure skating championS in 2004 and 2005 before winning gold at the Turin Winter Olympics the following year.

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"Roman is conscious," a source was quoted as telling TASS. "His general condition is improving. But he continues to be in intensive care under close supervision doctors."

The news comes days after Kostomarov turned 46 years old. The Russian star is married to Oksana Domnina, herself an Olympic Games medallist in ice dancing – winning bronze in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

She paid tribute on Instagram to her husband, applauding his 'courage' and describing the situation like 'the worst dream'.

She posted: "Happy birthday, my hero, my strong, my beloved, my champion in everything. I am proud of you, your courage, strength, zeal to win as soon as possible in these difficult moments."

"Exactly a year ago, we could not even imagine even in the worst dream that such a revolution in life can happen, but now it is, and we will overcome everything, we will cope with everything. I believe. Just live."

Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin wished the sporting star a speedy recovery. He told Tass: "Today I would like to wish him strength and health. The whole big sports world is worried about Roman and hopes for his speedy recovery.

"The only truly valuable gift that we can all give him is faith. I am sure that the well-coordinated work of specialists, together with the support of relatives and numerous fans, will help to defeat the disease."


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