Diego Maradona

Soccer Great Diego Maradona In Recovery After Successful Brain Surgery To Remove Blood Clot

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Nov. 4 2020, Updated 11:13 a.m. ET

Soccer icon Diego Maradona is in recovery after undergoing brain surgery. Reuters reported that he was treated for a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain, and the operation was a success.

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s neurosurgeon and personal physician, told the press that he was satisfied with the outcome. He addressed a small crowd outside the clinic where the football legend was being hospitalized.

“I was able to evacuate the hematoma successfully and Diego tolerated the procedure very well,” the doctor said. “The steps now are observation, but it is controlled. It will depend on how he does. It is not highly complex, but it is still brain surgery.”

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According to Reuters, the physician earlier called the procedure “routine” and said that Maradona had been “lucid” when he agreed to it. The doctor noted that the operation had taken about 80 minutes and that the sports star was “under control.”

“He has a small drain [to remove fluid] that we are planning to take out tomorrow,” the physician told a crowd of about 50 people, indicating that Maradona would require an additional minor procedure.

Fans, many with posters, started chanting “Diego!” as they celebrated the good news.

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