Diego Maradona: Argentina legend out of hospital after brain surgery

Diego Maradona had surgery on a subdural hematoma on November 3; it was hoped he would be discharged soon after but the Argentina legend stayed in hospital over the weekend after suffering withdrawal symptoms caused by alcohol dependency

Diego Maradona
Image: Maradona has also been struggling with alcohol dependency, according to his lawyer

Diego Maradona was released from a Buenos Aires hospital on Wednesday, just over a week after brain surgery, and will continue his recovery in a private home.

Footage broadcast by local TV stations showed the former World Cup winner leaving the Olivos clinic in an ambulance. Maradona's doctor, Leopoldo Luque, told journalists that he had authorised the release.

Maradona's lawyer, Matias Morla, said the 60-year-old Argentine will continue to receive treatment for alcohol dependency. He is expected to stay in a house near his older daughters.

The 1986 World Cup champion last week had an emergency operation for a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain.

Maradona's personal doctor, neurologist Leopoldo Luque, said on Tuesday that even small amounts of alcohol consumption could have negative effects combined with the medication needed for his recovery.

The former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli star has had addiction problems in the past.

Morla said the surgery may have been Maradona's toughest ever moment.

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Diego Maradona's doctor Leopoldo Luque says the Argentina legend has been recovering well after brain surgery

"It could have taken his life," the lawyer said. "What he misses now is the union of his family, being surrounded by health professionals."

Morla also called on friends and relatives of the former footballer to stop posting negative messages about each other on social media, saying the infighting is affecting the Argentina legend.

"The situation here is clear - being at peace with the relatives," Morla said. "They have to respect each other, coordinate the visits among themselves because in this case Diego has to recover. One has to give him peace and give him unity."

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10 Jun 1986: Portrait of Diego Maradona of Argentina during the World Cup match against Bulgaria at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City. Argentina won the match 2-0. 0:17
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Maradona was initially admitted to another clinic in La Plata with signs of depression, anemia and dehydration, before being moved to Olivos when the subdural hematoma was discovered.

Dr Luque said an accident likely caused the subdural hematoma but that Maradona did not recall any falls or mishaps.

Maradona felt ill on October 30 while coaching first-division team Gimnasia y Esgrima. He had left before the end of the first half, raising questions about his health.

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