Diego Maradona Leaves Hospital Following Surgery


Argentine football legend Diego Maradona left hospital on Wednesday followed by a convoy of supporters, eight days after undergoing surgery to take away a blood clot on his mind. Maradona did not speak to the crowd of journalists and chanting fans gathered out of doors in masks as he left the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires by ambulance shortly after his doctor Leopoldo Luque told reporters he could go home. Private security personnel held up dividers to screen the ambulance before it left. A convoy of Maradona’s supporters followed the ambulance after dozens had waited out of doors the clinic for days, holding photos of him and chanting their encouragement.

One banner read “Ceaselessly Thanks.”

Luque had earlier published on Instagram a photo of himself hugging the 60-year-old, who wore a bandage on his head.

Maradona is expected to continue his rehabilitation in Tigre, 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Buenos Aires, close his daughter Giannina’s home.

“Diego has gone through possibly the hardest time of his life,” his lawyer Matias Morla said earlier Wednesday, adding it was once a “miracle” that the clot “which could have taken his life, was once detected.”

“What is needed now is circle of relatives togetherness and being surrounded by health professionals,” said Morla. “With the doctors and his circle of relatives, Diego will be as he must be: happy.”

– Serious health issues –

The World Cup-winning former Argentine captain underwent surgery final Tuesday to take away a clot lodged between his mind and cranium.

He had looked unwell all the way through a brief appearance on October 30 to mark his 60th birthday at the stadium of Gimnasia y Esgrima, the Argentine Primera Division team he coaches.

He perceived to have difficulty walking and did not stay to watch his team’s game.

The following Monday, he was once taken to hospital in La Plata, where the club is based, suffering from symptoms of anemia and dehydration.

Tests revealed the blood clot, after which Maradona was once transferred to a specialist clinic in the capital.

Maradona has been admitted to hospital three times in the final 20 years for serious health issues — two of which have been potentially fatal — because of his drug and alcohol addictions.

Now free of drugs, Maradona remains dependent on alcohol.

Final week, his doctor had said the football icon would require prolonged remedy in a clinic with different specialties than the current one.

Maradona’s daughters Dalma, Giannina and Jana have visited him day-to-day at the clinic.

His oldest son, Diego Jr, who lives in Italy, announced final Thursday on social media that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and due to this fact would not be capable to shuttle to Buenos Aires.

Because of Maradona’s age and preceding health issues, he is regarded as high risk in the case of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Argentina tough.


Several times in the final eight months he has been in isolation and was once forced to stay at home recently after a bodyguard showed coronavirus symptoms, even supposing he later tested negative.

Alongside Brazil’s Pele, who turned 80 final month, Maradona is widely thought to be one of the vital greatest soccer players of all time.

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