Maradona sedated as family decide on next step

Published on May 08, 2004 10:57 AM IST

Diego Maradona, recovering from a life threatening condition was under sedation in hospital on Friday.

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PTI | ByAgence France-Presse, Buenos Aires

Diego Maradona, recovering from a life threatening heart and lung condition, was under sedation in hospital on Friday as his family continued discussions over their next step for the fallen soccer idol.

For the first time since the player was admitted to hospital for a second time, the authorities refused to issue a medical bulletin.

However, family sources told AFP that Maradona is suffering from an "excess of sugar in his blood as well as severe psychological disorders."

Maradona, who initially spent 11 days in the Suizo-Argentina clinic last month before being readmitted on Wednesday, is thought to be going to a drugs rehabilitation centre but that has yet to be officially confirmed.

His departure has been delayed because of discussions between his family, who want him to check out immediately, and hospital staff, who would prefer he stayed longer to bring about a complete recovery.

The 43-year-old 1986 World Cup winner for Argentina however is said to want to return to the luxurious residence at General Rodriguez, 5Okm to the north west of Buenos Aires, where he spent his time between hospital stays.

Maradona's ex-wife Claudia Villafane, his private doctor Alfredo Cahe, plus relatives and hospital staff have all been involved in discussions as to where Maradona will be going.

The hospital has so far not made a public statement on Maradona's health on Friday though on Thursday they said he was responding well to treatment.

Maradona has been battling his cocaine addiction at a specialist drugs center in Cuba for the past four years.

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