Argentine football great Diego Maradona will undergo brain surgery for a blood clot in Buenos Aires. His personal doctor Leopoldo Luque told reporters, “I will operate on him. It’s a routine operation, he’s lucid. He understands, he’s totally in agreement, he’s very calm.”
World Cup winner Maradona, 60, was taken to hospital in La Plata on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell. A scan revealed the blood clot, which Argentine media are speculating was the result of a blow to the head.
Luque said the clots were “imperceptible” and that those suffering from one rarely remembered receiving a to the head.
“The operation consists of a small incision to drain the blood. In 24 or 48 hours the patient can leave the hospital,” neurosurgeon Raul Matera told TyC Sports channel.
Earlier in the day, Luque claimed Maradona was feeling “much better and eager to leave” hospital but insisted that the Gimnasia Y Esgrima coach was suffering from anemia – a lack of iron in his system – and dehydratio. It has left him feeling “very weak, very tired” and after further tests, he was diagnosed with the blood clot.
Maradona was transferred from the hospital in La Plata, 60 kilometers south of Buenos Aires, to a specialist clinic in the capital accompanied by one of his daughters, Giannina.
Dozens of Gimnasia fans outside the hospital also chanted his name as he left.
Maradona was admitted to hospital just a day ago for medical checks. Though Luque gave no details of Maradona’s condition, he said his patient would undergo a series of medical check-ups. “He’s an elderly patient with many pressures in his life. It’s a time when we must help him. It’s very difficult to be Maradona,” Luque said of the star, who celebrated his 60th birthday last week.
The doctor ruled out any link to the coronavirus pandemic, which is ravaging the South American country, much of it still under confinement. “Diego is fine, but he can be much better. I didn’t find him the way I wanted to see him. I had a previous talk with him, I told him: ‘Let’s go to a clinic to improve a little,’ and he said: ‘Well, let’s go,'” said Luque.
Maradona had joined his players briefly at the club’s training ground on his birthday, but had obvious difficulty walking and had to be helped away by his assistants after staying only 30 minutes.
“It breaks my heart to see him like this,” one of his daughters, Giannina, tweeted the next day.
Maradona had gone into self-isolation last month after a bodyguard showed symptoms of the virus, though he later tested negative.
Maradona has had a history of drug and alcohol abuse and poor health. He is considered at high risk of coronavirus complications should he be infected and has suffered two heart attacks in the past and contracted hepatitis.
A former Argentina captain, who led his team to triumph in the 1986 World Cup, he is currently coach of Argentine SuperLiga club Gimnasia. Along with Brazil’s Pele, Maradona is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.
Source: AFP Relax News