Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Maradona released from hospital

Former Napoli star Diego Armando Maradona has left the Buenos Aires hospital where he was admitted two weeks ago.

The Argentine legend was brought to the Sanatorio Guemes medical centre after falling ill on March 29 and was treated for a chronic liver illness in an attempt to avoid the emergence of cirrhosis.

His personal physician Alfredo Cahe had stated that his ill health was brought on by excessive smoking, drinking and eating due to depression caused by family problems.

Maradona was released on Tuesday night and will now face a long road to full recovery, as the doctors recommended medical and dietary treatments as alternative therapies to be used.

"Diego is aware of the seriousness of his disease and is finally listening to what we have to say," noted hospital director Hector Pezzella. "He was sceptical before, but now he is asking questions and wondering if he will be able to recover."

The former footballer, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, retired from sport in 1997 and has battled with cocaine addiction in the past.

While he played for Boca Juniors in his home country and Spanish giants Barcelona amongst others, he achieved most of his club success with Napoli. He helped the Azzurri lift the Scudetto twice, the UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and the Super Cup in his seven-year stay in Italy.

El Pibe de Oro was hospitalised in 2000 with a severe heart problem and spent 10 days in intensive care with heart and breathing problems four years later.

Maradona also had a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 which allowed him to lose nearly 30kg, but he had recently put on weight again.

1 comment:

  1. He is a true footballing legend and gave so much to the game.

    Let's hope he gets better soon and returns to what he loves.