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Maradona wants to go home, doctor says


Diego Maradona has been shouting at his doctor and demanding to leave the clinic where he is being treated for health problems related to alcohol abuse, overeating and smoking, his personal physician said in a televised interview.

"He shouted at me three or four times and told me: sign the papers and get me out of here," Alfredo Cahe told Argentine station America TV in an interview broadcast late on Tuesday.

Cahe sent the 1986 World Cup hero to the private Guemes Sanatorium by ambulance on March 28. He had said Maradona initially protested his hospitalization and "never" requested medical assistance. Doctors have said he is being treated for withdrawal from alcohol and for a hepatitis condition blamed on excess alcohol consumption.

The 46-year-old "is maintaining good progress regarding the toxic alcohol hepatitis and is continuing to take the prescribed psychoactive drugs," a clinic source said on Wednesday.

Maradona, kept largely under sedation, has had "a few moments of agitation from alcoholic abstinence which have been reduced over the last 24 hours."

According to another clinic source, Maradona has not been left with family members for the last two nights.

"His visits have been suspended because they make him tense and nervous," said Hector Pezzella, medical director of the clinic where Argentina's 1986 World Cup winning captain is being treated.

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