Niki Lauda 'in kidney transplant'

Austrian former Formula One champion Niki Lauda has received a kidney from his girlfriend in a transplant operation, it was reported today.

Lauda, 56, said he needed the new kidney after a kidney donated by his brother in 1997 had stopped functioning well, the Austria Press gency reported.

The surgery was performed in Vienna’s General Hospital, the report said. Lauda and his girlfriend, Birgit Wetzinger, had been released from the hospital and were doing well, the APA quoted Dr. Ferdinand Muehlbacher as saying.

Niki Lauda, a three-times Formula One champion, now runs a discount airline called NIKI.

More in this Section

Celtic's Kieran Tierney fit to play in Scottish Cup final

Under-23s boss Ricky Sbragia leaves Manchester United

Understated performers backbone Cork's victory over Limerick

Ross taking inspiration from Roman leaders in Sunderland’s promotion bid


This is why Zandra Rhodes thinks it’s important to support young designers

Empty-nester Lorraine Kelly reveals a stylish makeover of her daughter Rosie’s bedroom

Sandal season is almost here: 5 footwear trends to be seen in this summer

From childhood bread baking to exploding seaweed, these are the Hairy Bikers’ food memories

More From The Irish Examiner