AS.COM / EFE
Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stéfano is in a serious but stable condition, according to the latest medical update issued by doctors at the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid.
Di Stéfano is in intensive care after being taken to hospital on Saturday having suffered a heart attack in the street, close to the Bernabéu stadium.
The 88-year-old was attended to by emergency medical services before being transferred to hospital. The cardiac arrest lasted 18 minutes, according to the Emergency Services.
Sunday’s report, released at 12.50 pm by doctors Emilio del Valle Hernández and Francisco Fernández Avilés, said: "The patient, Alfredo Di Stéfano, of 88 years of age, remains in the Coronary Unit of the Cardiology Department in the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón after suffering a cardiac arrest.
"Despite having a severe heart condition, the patient is in a stable condition.”
At 9.40 pm on Saturday, the doctors at the hospital released a statement on Di Stéfano’s condition: “The patient is currently in the Coronary Unit. He is sedated, with tracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation. The relevant clinical studies are being carried out. The patient is in a serious but stable condition.”
Upon hearing the news Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez visited the hospital, spending a lengthy period in the building.
Di Stéfano underwent a quadruple bypass operation at the start of 2006, having suffered a heart attack while in Valencia for Christmas. Last April he spent time in hospital in Valencia for a “periodic check-up of his heart condition”.