Blatter leaves intensive care in an artificial coma after week

Former FIFA President Sepp Blatter has left intensive care after major heart surgery. The 84-year-old Swiss was kept in an artificial coma for a week. His daughter Corinne Blatter Andenmatten has reported this to Swiss media.

“He is making progress every day, albeit in small steps,” said his daughter. “The doctors are happy with his condition, but there is still a long way to go.”

Blatter tested positive for the coronavirus in November and underwent heart surgery at the end of the year. According to his daughter, the operation was “more complicated and more dangerous than anticipated”.

It is not the first time that Blatter has struggled with health problems. In 2015 he had to be treated in intensive care because of an immune system disorder.

Blatter led FIFA from 1998 to 2015. He is serving a six-year suspension for all football-related activities for ethics. In December, FIFA filed another complaint against him for a suspicion of criminal mismanagement at the very expensive FIFA museum, which opened in 2016.


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