Ballesteros has 12-hour operation to remove tumour
Doctors in Madrid have completed a 12-hour operation on golfer Seve Ballesteros to try and remove a brain tumour. Seve has been and still is one of the most respected and popular golfers in the world and messages of goodwill from fans are pouring in to the hospital and to his family.
He collapsed last week and was quickly diagnosed as having a brain tumour. Today's operation was only to be a biopsy but doctors on seeing the severity of his condition decided to move straight to trying to remove the tumour.
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Seve Ballesteros was today in a stable condition after undergoing 12 hours of surgery to remove a brain tumour.
Doctors, who were scheduled only to perform a biopsy, decided to operate on the 51-year-old Spanish golfer yesterday because of the severity of the situation.
A spokesman for Madrid's La Paz Hospital said: “Seve Ballesteros is conscious and in a stable condition, but may not receive visitors in the coming days until he has recovered from the surgery.”
Ballesteros was admitted to hospital on 6 October after briefly losing consciousness.
The five-times major champion confirmed the illness three days later and said: “Throughout my entire career I have been one of the best at overcoming obstacles on the golf course.
“Now I want to be the best, facing the most difficult game of my life.”