Leopoldo Luque, a doctor in Buenos Aires, has confirmed that he would perform a brain surgery on Argentine footballer, Diego Maradona, due to issues that resulted in a blood clot.
Maradona, who is now 60 years old, had been hospitalized for a series of tests. The result showed the consequence of a blow to the head.
The operation, has been confirmed by neurosurgeon Raul Matera, to consist of a small incision to drain the blood. In 24 or 48 hours the patient can leave the hospital.
Earlier in the day, Luque claimed Maradona was feeling “much better and eager to leave” hospital but insisted that the Gimnasia Y Esgrima coach was suffering from anemia—a lack of iron in his system—and dehydration.
Luque had earlier suggested Maradona’s lifestyle had contributed to his condition. “He’s an elderly patient with many pressures in his life. It’s a time when we must help him. It’s very difficult to be Maradona.”
Maradona has also had a history of drug and alcohol abuse which has led to a reduced health. He is considered, highly, at risk of coronavirus complications should he be infected.
He had begun self-isolation for the second time after a bodyguard displayed coronavirus symptoms, though he later tested negative.
He joined his players briefly at the club’s training ground on his birthday, but had obvious difficulty walking and had to be helped away by his assistants after staying only 30 minutes.
Maradona has suffered two heart attacks in the past and contracted hepatitis. He also has difficulty retaining iron due to a gastric bypass surgery he underwent in 2005 to lose 50 kilograms (110 pounds), leaving him prone to anemia.
Though he has recovered from a well-documented addiction to hard drugs, Maradona takes medication in the form of tranquilizers and anxiolytics.
Fans all over the world continue to show support for the player both online and offline. Maradona is regarded as one of the most iconic football players of all time.