Buenos Aires, Argentina: Diego Maradona left a private clinic before dawn on 11 April 2007 after two weeks of treatment for acute hepatitis brought on by alcohol abuse and promised to heed his doctors’ advice to watch what he eats and drinks.
The Argentine soccer hero was taken to the Buenos Aires clinic in an ambulance on March 28 suffering from what his doctor said was “too much alcohol, too much food and too many cigars.” While releasing him, doctors gave Maradona, 47, a stern warning: no more drinking or eating big meals.
Maradona, who has battled weight and drug problems and had a gastric bypass surgery in 2005, said he’s listening.
“I’m going to follow the instructions of my doctors to the letter,” Maradona told Argentine broadcaster TyC Sports. “If I don’t do it, the only one who will be hurt is me ... I’m going to complete my treatment.”
Doctors said they believe Maradona, who led Argentina to World Cup glory in Mexico in 1986, is up to the challenge.
“The patient Diego Armando Maradona has been officially released,” director Hector Pezzella of the Guemes Sanatorium said. Maradona would now begin followup treatment at home.
Maradona was near death during hospitalizations in 2000 and 2004 blamed on cocaine addiction. Doctors said cocaine was not involved in his current health problems.
In Bogota, Colombia, the doctor who performed Maradona’s gastric bypass surgery in 2005 said recently that his refusal to return for regular checkups afterward may have contributed to his woes.
After the surgery trimmed as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) from Maradona’s once-corpulent frame, Maradona never again contacted his Colombian doctors, Francisco Holguin, head of the Medihelp Service clinic, told Caracol Radio.