Argentina: the great Maradona will undergo emergency brain surgery

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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona will undergo emergency surgery to treat a subdural hematoma, a blood clot in the brain, his personal doctor told reporters on Tuesday, after being admitted to hospital one day longer. early.Maradona was admitted to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata on Monday with anemia, dehydration and depression, but will now undergo the procedure after an MRI revealed a subdural hematoma.

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal doctor, will perform the operation on Tuesday at Clinica Olivos in the province of Buenos Aires.

“We had an MRI a month ago and everything was normal,” Luque said. “We repeated the study and saw the subdural hematoma. These types of injuries are hard to spot, I don’t know if he suffered some kind of hit or fall.

“This is a routine surgery that [Argentina’s] vice president [Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner] suffered. The panorama has not changed, he continues to have the same clinical diagnosis, but now we have a more concrete diagnosis.

“He is alert, he understands and he agrees with the operation. He’s not upset, ”he said.

Maradona manages the first division team Gimnasia y Esgrima from La Plata, but has been absent from the team’s training as a precaution to avoid the risk of being infected with COVID-19, as he is considered in the group at risk.

Maradona, who celebrated her 60th birthday last Friday, was in attendance at Gimnasia’s 3-0 win over Patronato before leaving for kickoff.

He led Argentina to the World Cup title and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

Since the end of his playing career in 1997, the former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star has struggled with a series of health issues. He was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal stomach bleeding. He also fell ill during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box during the Argentina-Nigeria game.

In 2004, he was hospitalized with serious heart and respiratory problems linked to a long battle with drug addiction. He had two gastric bypass surgery to control his weight and also received treatment for alcohol abuse.

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