Seve Ballesteros is in a stable condition after undergoing a 12-hour operation to remove all that was possible of the brain tumour he was this week diagnosed with. That's the news which came today from the Madrid hospital where he underwent the procedure.The statement released pertaining to his condition said he was conscious and stable and recovering in intensive care, and there were no complications.
Things have moved very quickly since he collapsed at the Madrid airport earlier in the week, tests over the weekend uncovered the tumour and after informing his family, Ballesteros confirmed the news in a statement on Sunday. A biopsy on the tumour was scheduled for Tuesday but doctors decided to operate to remove as much of the tumour as possible before treatment.
Further in the statement from La Paz Hospital today: "The patient will spend a post-operative period in the intensive care unit. He is currently conscious and in a stable condition, although he cannot receive visits in the coming days until he recovers from the surgery."
The removed tumour shall now be analyzed, analysis which will require several days before the results are known, and they will determine what course of treatment Ballesteros may need.
Seve retired only last year following arthritic back and knee problems and doctors discovered an irregular heartbeat when he was admitted to hospital in 2007. Despite being unable to drive the ball with any sort of accuracy at all late in his career, Seve was still very high in the putting and chipping stats, he never lost his incredible short game, that magic touch and invention. Reading a few of the articles which related to Seve's retirement, I found a quote of how he was looking forward to life after golf.
"I have a number of good years left and I'd rather spend time now with my three children and my companies and friends."
I really hope that he does get through this and that he has more than a number of good years left to enjoy. For all the amazing moments he supplied the world with, he deserves it.