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Honduras coach Ortega not expected to survive surgery for aneurism

Honduras coach Ortega not expected to survive surgery for aneurism

Honduras coach Flavio Ortega suffered an aneurism and his doctors said Sunday he has only a 10 percent chance to survive.
"Ortega's condition is very delicate, and there is a 90 percent possibility that we will lose him because he suffered massive bleeding on the brain," said Dr. Oswaldo Fajardo, one of three neurosurgeons assigned to Ortega's case.
Ortega was hospitalized Saturday after a maid found the 62-year-old coach unconscious on the floor of a bathroom in his sister's home, where he stays when he is in Tegucigalpa.
Ortega, a Brazilian with Honduran citizenship, moved to Honduras in the 1960s to play for Marathon. In 1970, he retired from playing and took up coaching.
For more than 15 years, Ortega has lived with his Honduran wife and two daughters in San Pedro Sula, 180 kilometers (110 miles) north of the capital.
In November, Ortega was hospitalized with several broken bones from a car accident. He had two operations, but still coached from his hospital bed.
"What happened to Flavio saddens me and the federation very much because he is a special person," said Rafael Leonardo Callejas, president of the national soccer federation.
On Thursday, Ortega named 25 players for the Central American Cup, which will be played in February in El Salvador.
Alfredo Hawit, the secretary of the national soccer federation, said the governing body will name another coach _ likely Reinaldo Rueda _ to take Ortega's place.


Updated : 2021-10-29 01:54 GMT+08:00