Rather reassuring news. If Diego Maradona, the former idol of Argentine football, spent the night from Monday to Tuesday in a private clinic in La Plata, south of Buenos Aires, it is to undergo simple medical examinations, according to his personal doctor Leopoldo Luque, confirming press information.
“There is nothing serious or urgent […] It is only a patient of a certain age, who is under a lot of pressure and who is going through a period during which he needs to be helped: it is difficult to be Maradona you know ”, explained Dr Luque to journalists in front of the clinic. This hospitalization is unrelated to the current coronavirus pandemic, the doctor confirmed. Some Argentinian media had earlier mentioned psychological problems to explain the hospitalization of the “Pibe de oro”.
“Diego is fine, but he could be better. I saw him in a state that I don’t like to see him so I talked to him and told him Let’s go to a clinic to make you feel a little better and he told me OK, let’s go “, Said Dr. Luque, according to which the duration of the hospitalization of the Argentine star will depend on the results of the examinations.
Asked whether it might have been decided in connection with drug addiction problems, which Maradona suffered from in the past, the doctor replied “no, and it is not worth saying such. foolery “. “The idea is that he is hospitalized for a few days, that he hydrates well but there is nothing surprising in that, nor nothing to hide,” he added.
A life of excess
Currently technical director of the local club (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata), Maradona had insisted on Friday to lead the training of his players, on his 60th birthday, but did not seem in good shape and walked with difficulty. “It breaks my heart to see him like that,” one of his two daughters, Gianninna Maradona, tweeted on Saturday.
He had only been in the field for a few minutes before retiring with the help of his assistants. Some of his relatives recently presented symptoms comparable to those of Covid-19, but their tests came back negative.
His life has been punctuated by many health problems, some of which are linked to a life of all kinds of excess that has sometimes made him flirt with death. In 2000, he had a heart attack following an overdose in the seaside resort of Punta del Este. He then followed a long cure in Cuba.
In 2004, when he weighed over 100 kg, another heart attack struck him down in Buenos Aires, but he was okay. He then underwent stomach surgery which allowed him to drop below 50 kg.
In 2007, excessive alcohol consumption had driven him to the hospital. Lately he had to have a prosthesis fitted because of his sore knees.
Article original de: www.leparisien.fr