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Get well soon Prekky: Twitter messages of support flood in for Steve Prescott
GET well soon messages have poured in for cancer battler Steve Prescott after he was admitted to hospital following his latest gruelling endurance challenge.
After a punishing 48 hour race to the Grand Final, which saw the 38-year-old swim, run, cycle and canoe his way from Hull to Manchester, Steve was left drained and with severe stomach pains on Sunday.
The former Saints full back, who was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable abdominal cancer in 2006, is recognised as an icon of the town and a true example of triumph over adversity.
A statement released by Prescott’s charitable foundation said that following a series of tests doctors have established that, due to the rigours of the challenge, he lost a substantial amount of natural fuels and fluids, including electrolytes, meaning his bowel was unable to function.
Doctors prescribed a range of treatments while gradually bringing his fluid levels back to normal.
He was also administered a course of morphine to relieve the pain and remains in hospital under observation.
Friends have insisted his condition is not serious and remain hopeful Steve will be released before the Pride of St Helens awards, which take place this Friday.
Twitter has been inundated with messages from the great and the good of rugby league along with other St Helens sports figures.
Warrington Wolves Paul Wood may have hit the headlines, after his eye-watering injury in which he lost a testicle, but he was quick to post a Tweet, saying: “Hope @StevePrescott1 is recovering well in hospital after his gruelling challenge to raise money for charity #Realhardman #legend.”
Paul Sculthorpe, the former Saints skipper who has accompanied Prescott on his last two endurance missions for charity, tweeted last night: “Thanks to all asking about the main man Precky, spoke to him today..feeling a lot better and hopin be out of hosp tomo! #NotKeepThatManDown!”
Rugby league legend Martin Offiah added: “Prayers go out to Steve Prescott get well soon mate X.”
British Middleweight Champion Martin Murray, from Fingerpost, said: “@StevePrescott1 hope your ok pal. We're all hoping you get well soon. Once again it's amazing what you have done #legend.”
Another of St Helens heroes Andy Reid sent his message: “I wish Steve all the best and a quick recovery he is an amazing man.”
BBC Radio 5 Live breakfast sports presenter George Riley who has raised funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation, wrote: “Evening, lots asking after Steve. He's ok, rehydrating & responding well, hopefully off morphine & home tomorrow @SPFCHARITY touched by support.”
Former Star journalist Lauren Wilson Tweeted a touching comment, which struck a chord with many: “If @StevePrescott1 had been a football player, he would have been knighted by now. Campaign to get this hero the recognition he deserves."