Argentine great Diego Maradona recovering well in hospital and ‘evolving as we wanted’ after suffering from anemia and dehydration, reveals his personal doctor
- Diego Maradona, 60, had been admitted to hospital in Argentina on Monday
- The Argentine icon is recovering from anemia and dehydration in hospital
- Maradona is now expected to be under observation for at least three days
- Maradona’s last appearance in public was on his 60th birthday last Friday
Argentine football icon Diego Maradona was anemic and dehydrated but is now recovering well in hospital, his personal doctor said on Tuesday.
Maradona, 60, is still undergoing tests after he was admitted to the Ipensa clinic in La Plata, Argentina on Monday, according to his doctor Leopoldo Luque, who said his condition is not related to COVID-19.
‘He is evolving as we wanted. I hope he will want to stay until tomorrow,’ Luque told reporters. ‘He will have to do long-term treatment.’
Argentine icon Diego Maradona is recovering well after being admitted to hospital on Monday
Luque said on Monday that Maradona was ‘not well psychologically’ and it had impacted his physical health.
The 60-year-old is now expected to be under observation for at least three days.
Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima.
He last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side’s league match against Patronato.
He was gifted a plaque and a cake to celebrate the occasion but he did not stay to watch the game and witnesses said he looked unwell and weak.
Leopoldo Luque (pictured in the white mask) said Maradona is ‘evolving as we wanted’
The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors star has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that accompanied and followed his playing career.
The former Argentine international was admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach.
He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game.
Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.
In 2007 he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems.
Maradona was last seen in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before a Gimnasia match