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Old 03-05-2005, 09:21 PM   #1
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Former Argentina World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona had his stomach stapled to reduce his ballooning waistline, Colombian doctors said on Saturday. REUTERS/Eliana Aponte [/q]

Maradona has stomach stapled to lose weight


CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) - Former Argentina soccer World Cup-winning captain Diego Maradona has had his stomach stapled to reduce his ballooning waistline, his Colombian doctors say.

Maradona, 44, had the two-hour operation in the picturesque port city of Cartagena on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

"Everything went well," Francisco Holguin, head of Cartagena's Medihelp clinic, where the operation was performed, told reporters on Saturday.

He said the former superstar, who is 5-foot-6-inch tall weighed 121 kg (19 stone) when he checked in, will spend three days in the clinic recovering.

The former midfielder only stopped playing professionally in 1997 but has grown almost unrecognisably fat in recent years despite spending much of his time in a Cuban clinic fighting cocaine addiction.

Maradona, considered with Brazil's Pele to be one of the finest soccer players of all time, will be fed intravenously for two days before going on a two-week liquid diet to be followed by solid foods, his doctors told a news conference. He is expected to remain in Colombia for about two weeks.

"In eight to 10 months he should be back to his ideal weight of 75 kg (12 stone)," Holguin added.

Stomach stapling, also known as a gastric bypass, reduces the stomach's capacity for holding food and bypasses part of the small intestine, forcing individuals to eat less.

Maradona, whose audacious playing propelled his home country Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986, spent more than a week in the intensive care unit of a Buenos Aires hospital last April with heart and breathing problems. He was then confined to a psychiatric clinic by his family.

In September, he returned to Cuba, where he has lived since 2000, to undergo more treatment for drug addiction but under a stricter regime than before.
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Thats not really the type of photo I was expecting.
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He's always been big in Argentina.
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Holy crap. Maradona looks like Homer Simpson in the episode of he gets really fat on purpose and wears a muumuu. I can't believe he's let himself go to such an extent at such a young age.
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The Hand of God has obviously been shoving pies into his mouth.
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hmm.. clearly giving up cocaine has had a detrimental affect on Maradona's health... taking up food instead has not been a good idea as the photo shows.....
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El Diego es el Diego here and everywhere.

A living legend the man is regardless of his current state.

Viva el Diego!!!
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My younger brother named his son after Diego Maradona.
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