Argentine Legend, Maradona Undergoes Successful Brain Surgery On Blood Clot

Argentine football great Diego Maradona has successful underwent brain surgery for a blood clot in a specialist private clinic in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, his doctor announced.


“We managed to successfully remove the clot. Diego coped well with the surgery,” Leopoldo Luque said at the icon’s private clinic in the capital Buenos Aires.

“It’s under control, there’s a little drainage (of blood). He’ll remain under observation.”


World Cup winner Maradona had been taken to hospital in La Plata — where he is the coach of top-flight side Gimnasia y Esgrima — on Monday for a series of tests after feeling unwell.


A scan revealed the blood clot, and on Tuesday he was transferred to the specialist clinic in a northern neighborhood of the capital.


Maradona, who turned 60 on Friday, has suffered ill health before. He has survived two heart attacks, and also contracted hepatitis and undergone gastric bypass surgery.

Groups of fans congregated outside the clinic with banners showing Maradona’s face and the words “Come on, Diego!”

“I came with my wife to support the greatest player of all time,” fan Oscar Medina told AFP.

“Once more his health has played a trick on him but he has antibodies to recover with the help of the people,” added Medina.


Earlier on Tuesday, Luque insisted it was “a routine operation” and that Maradona was “lucid” and “calm.”

Argentine media speculated the clot was the result of a blow to the head.

Luque said the clot was “imperceptible” and that those suffering from one rarely remembered receiving a knock to the head.

“The operation consists of a small incision to drain the blood. In 24 or 48 hours the patient can leave the hospital,” neurosurgeon Raul Matera told TyC Sports channel.

Maradona’s daughter Dalma said she had visited her father after his surgery but did not give further details of his condition.

“I just want to thank everyone for the constant displays of love for my dad, for my sister and for me, thanks to everyone who prayed for him,” she tweeted on Wednesday morning.

Credit: AFP

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