Thursday, 26 April 2007

Maradona in stable condition

Former Napoli legend Diego Armando Maradona’s condition remains stable after entering a psychiatric clinic in Buenos Aires last week.

The Argentine 46-year-old was rushed to hospital twice in recent weeks and received treatment for alcohol addiction, before being released and moved to the Avril private hospital.

"To all media and after the rumours that have been going around, Mr Diego Armando Maradona is clinically stable," read a statement from psychiatrists Jose Tejado and Carlos Nassef. "He has no complications of any kind and continues with the plan of treatment already set."

Maradona’s wife Claudia Villafane and his personal medic Alfredo Cahe had also confirmed that he was doing well, after internet reports had fuelled speculation that he had died from a heart attack.

El Pibe de Oro, who retired from sport in 1997 and has battled with cocaine addiction in the past, was near to death during hospitalizations in 2000 and 2004.

Cocaine, however, is not involved in his current health problems, according to the doctors’ statements over the past two weeks.

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