Former Newcastle United and Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique has announced that he has been diagnosed with a ‘rare’ brain tumour.
Jose Enrique hung up his boots last September after persistent knee problems, but the 32-year-old revealed for the first time that his retirement had been overshadowed by the life-threatening condition.
“I had a meeting with Chris Hughton, the Brighton Coach who I had during my time at Newcastle,” he told Marca.
“That night, the light was beginning to bother me. I got to the hotel and thought I had migraines.
“During the night, I had an awful headache and the next morning I started to have blurry vision.
“After that, I started to see double. My eyes were open and I’d see double. I had to go to A&E and, after nine hours there, they gave me a CAT scan.
“Neurologists saw me, and the tests indicated that a vein in my head had collapsed. They sent me to St. George’s Hospital in London, specialists in neurology, immediately.
“I spent two nights there. It’s a tumour located in a complicated area of my head. It’s very rare, unusual.
“It was located behind my eye, that’s why I now wear an eye patch. I was even told that I could lose my vision.
“The doctors did an exceptional job, I was in intensive care for 24 hours and I’m very grateful to the work of Dr. Simal and his medical team.
“They were the worst days of my life. I stayed in bed for five days without moving. All this makes me value life more.
“Footballers live in a bubble, it’s a surreal life. You get lost in it and you think you’re invincible. When you play football, you’re oblivious to everything.
“I can’t lift any weight, I can’t bend over, I have the bed adapted in a way that I sleep at a 30° angle so the blood pressure in my head does not rise…
“There are only four [radiotherapy] machines in Europe, my options are to go to Zurich or Paris.
“I need 35 sessions, which will take about a month and a half, although that’s the least of it. I want to recover.
“I was even told that I could go blind, but then I regained my vision and even the doctors were surprised.
“I want to thank my girlfriend, parents and brothers. Also to Dr. Simal, his team and La Fe hospital.”
The ex-Spain Under-21 international also turned out for Levante, Valencia, Villarreal and Real Zaragoza during his playing career.
Sorry i haven’t been around much, It has been the toughest few weeks of my life.. Within the space of one month I have found out the news that I have a rare brain tumor and had surgery to have it removed, I am now in recovery and so thankful, Life is too precious. http://www.marca.com/futbol/2018/06/23/5b2d70d8468aeb5b1b8b4640.html