Maradona re­cov­er­ing as surgery suc­cess­ful

Shanghai Daily - - SPORTS -

AR­GENTINA’S World Cup win­ning cap­tain Diego Maradona was re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal on Satur­day after suc­cess­fully un­der­go­ing a rou­tine op­er­a­tion for stom­ach bleed­ing, his lawyer said.

The 58-year old for­mer Boca Ju­niors and Napoli player dis­cov­ered the prob­lem in early Jan­uary dur­ing a check up at a hos­pi­tal in Olivos, on the out­skirts of Buenos Aires.

Satur­day’s op­er­a­tion, to stem bleed­ing caused by a her­nia, was not com­pli­cated but aimed to re­solve what one source said were “in­con­ve­niences” caused by the is­sue.

“Diego Maradona’s sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dure is over,” his lawyer Ma­tias Morla said on Twit­ter. “Thank God ev­ery­thing went per­fectly.”

Maradona has suf­fered fre­quent pe­ri­ods in hos­pi­tal over the years, of­ten due to the ex­trav­a­gant life­style that helped make him one of the most ad­mired play­ers of the 20th cen­tury.

He last fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia, where he fainted in an ex­ec­u­tive box at the Ar­gentina-Nige­ria game.

Maradona was taken into hos­pi­tal in 2004 with se­vere heart and re­s­pi­ra­tory prob­lems linked to co­caine use. He later un­der­went drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Cuba and Ar­gentina be­fore a stom­ach­sta­pling op­er­a­tion in 2005 helped him lose weight.

In 2007 he checked him­self into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him over­come al­co­hol abuse prob­lems.

In re­cent months he has walked with the aid of crutches due to prob­lems with his knees.

Doc­tors dis­cov­ered the bleed­ing shortly be­fore Maradona was due to fly to Mex­ico, where he is coach of sec­ond divi­sion side Do­ra­dos de Si­naloa.

Morla said he would re­turn to lead the club for a sec­ond sea­son as soon as his re­cu­per­a­tion was com­plete.

“Now we wait for the re­cov­ery so Diego can re­turn to work as soon as pos­si­ble,” Morla said.

(Reuters)

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