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It's the news everybody wanted to hear. Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to be fit enough to attend Manchester United's opening game of the season against Leicester City on August 10.
The 76-year-old was rushed to Salford Royal Hospital on May 5 and was put in intensive care after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage. The former Manchester United manager is now recovering from surgery and according to reports, he 'hopes' to be in the Old Trafford directors' box next month.
Ferguson spent four weeks in hospital before being released, with doctors saying he is"extremely lucky" to be alive, but now he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Sir Alex Ferguson told he is "statistically extremely lucky to be alive" - but he "hopes" to attend Man United's Premier League season opener against Leicesterhttps://t.co/Ut7UT1WZuu pic.twitter.com/8mzJJxP7q0- Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 15, 2018
He came out of intensive care and Manchester United releasing the following statement: "Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.
"His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery."
Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter.- Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 5, 2018
Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes. pic.twitter.com/SDoNzMwVEZ
Back in May, Peter Hamlyn, a consultant neurosurgeon, said the following about the great man's recovery:
"His surgeons have decided to operate almost certainly because they felt the size of the blood clot was causing damage to the remaining brain tissue. This is often life-saving surgery and aims to reduce any long-term disability Sir Alex might suffer from this form of stroke," he wrote in Independent Ireland.
"For the first few days after the operation, the focus is on the patient's life support. A prognosis is very hard to give in the first days and often for some weeks.
"If they survive without signs of improvement after several months, then it is unlikely that an individual will return to their former health. However, in the immediate aftermath there is everything to fight for and the potential for a full recovery, albeit sometimes after a long period of rehabilitation."
We wish Sir Alex all the best with his continued recovery.
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