Diego Maradona is close to leaving hospital after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain – as his doctor reveals medics are ‘considering’ moving him to a house to continue his recovery
- Diego Maradona is in hospital after having brain surgery to remove a blood clot
- He has been pushing to leave hospital to continue his recovery in a house
- Maradona’s personal doctor admits he is close to leaving in the coming days
- Maradona’s children have been visiting him regularly in Buenos Aires hospital
Diego Maradona is desperate to be discharged from hospital and doctors are considering letting him move to a house to continue his recovery, it has been revealed.
The Argentina football legend underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain last week, and has since been in hospital in Buenos Aires while he recovers.
Maradona is keen to move out of the medical facility as soon as possible, and now his personal doctor has admitted that medics are considering granting his request.
Diego Maradona wants to leave hospital after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on his brain
Maradona’s personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, has been updating the media regularly
‘Diego has a very good clinical picture, very favourable in terms of surgery and the withdrawal picture that we had talked about,’ Leopoldo Luque told reporters on Tuesday.
‘A discharge is being considered, he really wants to leave and, although he had already expressed this desire, this is another context and another clinical picture. A patient with great consistency asks us to be discharged and we are ordering the place that will receive him, a comfortable house for his recovery.
‘This is generated thanks to the support of the doctors and the hospital, but above all by the support of their environment, family and representatives. The discharge of Diego is imminent, he is not leaving today but it will be soon.’
Maradona’s daughter Jana arrives at the Buenos Aires hospital on Tuesday to see her father
Fans have been gathering outside the hospital. One poster reads: ‘I will always be with you’
Giannina, another of Maradona’s daughters, arrives at hospital to see her father on Tuesday
Maradona is understood to have been pushing to leave the hospital since last Thursday, but has been kept in for a further week while he is assessed.
His fans have been gathering outside the hospital to show their support, while his family have been coming and going to visit their father while he recovers.
Last week, his doctor revealed that he was suffering from ‘confusion’ caused by an unexplained ‘abstinence’ that followed his brain surgery.
Luque did not reveal what sort of abstinence he was referring to, but Maradona, the former Barcelona, Napoli and Boca Juniors player, has previously battled addiction to drink and drugs.
Luque also revealed last Friday that 60-year-old was suffering from ‘confusion’ after surgery
Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is now the coach of Gimnasia y Esgrima in his home country, has been admitted to hospital on a few occasions since his retirement.
He almost died of cocaine-induced heart failure in 2000 and underwent years of rehabilitation.
Maradona had a 2005 gastric bypass operation to lose weight and was once more hospitalised two years later for alcohol-induced hepatitis.
He also fell ill at the last World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box when Argentina took on and beat Nigeria in Group D.
MARADONA’S LONG HISTORY OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE
Maradona began taking cocaine in the mid-1980s – during the height of his playing days, going on to develop an addiction to drugs and alcohol over the next two decades.
His drug use began in 1982 and reportedly grew worse in 1984 when he moved to Napoli and had connections with the Comorra.
In 2014, Maradona said of his drug use: ‘I gave my opponents a big advantage. Do you know the player I could have been if I hadn’t taken drugs?’
His first real punishment came in 1991 when he was banned for 15 months by Napoli after testing positive for cocaine. Later in the same year he was arrested in Buenos Aires for possessing half a kilo of cocaine, and was given a 14-month suspended sentence.
In 1994, Maradona was back in the fold with the Argentina national team, making headlines around the world for a now-famous screaming celebration into the camera lens after a goal against Greece. His tournament was to come to an early end, though, after he was expelled days later for testing positive for five variants of ephedrine, a banned substance. He was banned for 15 months, ending his international career.
In 1995, he moved to Boca Juniors but two years later he failed a drugs test for the third time in six years, putting an end to his playing career. Officially, a ‘prohibited substance’ is all that has been revealed about that test, but Boca president Mauricio Macri has said in interviews that cocaine was found in a urine sample.
In 1996, Maradona said publicly: ‘I was, am and always will be a drug addict.’
In 2000, the footballing legend suffered an overdose, and in 2004 he had a heart attack. A year later, he was forced to have gastric bypass surgery, and in 2007 he was back in hospital again, this time suffering hepatitis.
It is then understood he stopped taking drugs, telling a journalist in 2017 that he hadn’t taken drugs for 13 years and was feeling ‘great’.
He has been drinking alcohol since 2004, though, hitting the headlines at the 2018 World Cup for his bizarre antics at a number of Argentina games. A video emerged of him drinking tequila on a plane, and he claimed he ‘drank all the wine’ ahead of their win over Nigeria.
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Maradona is pictured first arriving at the hospital, where he then underwent major surgery
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