Diego Maradona has had successful surgery for possible bleeding on his brain less than a week after his 60th birthday. “It was all successful and it happened as expected,” Maradona’s public relations team said in a statement Tuesday night. Maradona had a subdural hematoma, which is an accumulation of blood between a membrane and his brain, his personal doctor, Leopoldo Luque, said.
Luque, a neurologist, said the problem likely was caused by an accident, but Maradona said he doesn’t remember the event. The Argentine soccer great will rest in his room in a private clinic outside Buenos Aires for at least 48 hours.
Maradona was accompanied to the clinic by his daughters Dalma, Giannina and Jana and other relatives, according to local media.
The surgery closed a journey that the 1986 World Cup champion started in another clinic in the city of La Plata, where he was admitted with anemia and dehydration.
Donato Villani, the head of the Argentine national team’s medical staff, told television channel TyC Sports that such a surgery normally goes well, “but it is different with Diego,” citing Maradona’s past treatment for cardiac problems and his use of drugs and alcohol.
Maradona was admitted to the Ipensa Clinic with signs of depression on Monday.