Diego Maradona undergoes surgery for blood clot on brain; doctor calls it successful

Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona underwent surgery Tuesday night for a subdural hematoma, a blood clot on the brain.

Dr. Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal doctor, said in a statement to media, “This chronic subdural hematoma was successfully evacuated. Diego tolerated the surgery very well. He is awake. Everything is fine.”

Maradona was initially admitted to Ipensa Clinic in Buenos Aires for signs of depression on Monday, three days after his 60th birthday. His initial diagnosis was dehydration and anemia.

The Argentine was then transferred to Olivos Clinic in La Plata, south of Buenos Aires, where he was operated on by Dr. Luque and a team of neurosurgeons. 

Argentine former football star Diego Maradona

Dr. Luque said the operation “wasn’t of high difficulty” and lasted about an hour and 20 minutes.” The doctor said they will monitor Maradona’s health day to day as he recovers.

The news of Maradona’s surgery led to an outpouring of support for the 1986 World Cup winner. Fans gathered outside the hospital where Maradona was being held.

On Wednesday, Lionel Messi, Argentina’s current active superstar, sent Maradona a message of support on Instagram saying, “Diego, all the strength in the world. My family and I want to see you as soon as possible. A hug from the heart!”

Maradona and Messi crossed paths during the former’s tenure as Argentina head coach from 2008 to 2010, during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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