Saturday, April 07, 2007

Maradona in Denial?

Doctors say Diego Maradona better by the day
Fri 6 Apr 2007, 7:17 GMT

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona is getting better by the day at the Buenos Aires clinic where he is being treated for alcohol-induced hepatitis, his doctors said on Thursday.
Maradona, 46, who led Argentina to a World Cup victory in 1986, was admitted to the private Guemes clinic last week and has been sedated since then to help curb alcohol cravings.
Since retiring from the game in 1997, Maradona has battled cocaine addiction and obesity. His personal physician has blamed excessive drinking, eating, and smoking cigars for his latest health crisis.
"He's improving day by day from his acute toxic hepatitis," a medical report said.
The clinic's medical director, Hector Pezzella, said the soccer star "accepts being hospitalized."
"He's aware that being in hospital is the best thing and I've noticed he intends to recover quickly," he added.
Outside the city clinic, Maradona fans have stuck photographs and messages of support on the walls.
Maradona had appeared overweight and smoking cigars in photographs taken soon before he was taken to the hospital last week. He was hospitalized in 2000 and 2004, both times with severe heart problems stemming from cocaine use.
He underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.
Later that year, he hosted a TV talk show after declaring himself fully recovered.
NOTE: the pictures are from 1986 and 2005


An Irish Friend of Bill said...

poor guy. what a viisible deteriortaion.
and hepeatitis to boot. yipes. its amazing how this disease brings people to their knees. I hope he gets better

Redhead Gal said...

that is really sad. I do hope he gets it this time...

Mary Christine said...

What a poignant reminder. Thank you.

Alcoholic Brain said...

Denial is more than a river in Egypt.

Meg Moran said...

some of quickly, some of us slowly....imagine the message he could carry to south american young people if HP chooses to work thru him.

recoveryroad said...

The guy has been on/off for years. Bless him.

Such a talent. Such a waste.

Just shows...all the money in the world won't keep you sober.

lash505 said...

wow he has the swell. That's what happens when we drink.

Contrapposo said...

I can relate. Only hope I can get and stay in recovery as not to die from this disease. It's insanity at it's finest to know you are killing yourself and continueing to do it anyway until you finally turn it over. God I hope I have.

Zane-nawwaa said...

I misread your headline. I could not find anything about Madonna. DUH!