Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hometown of Madeira after his mum reportedly suffered a stroke on Tuesday morning and has been hospitalized.
FutballNews reports that the 65-year-old is currently at the intensive care unit of Dr. Nelio Mendonca Hospital in Portugal. According to reports, Dolores will undergo a series of tests to know her health status over the next few hours.
She is surrounded by some of her children who have been looking after her before Ronaldo flies home to see his ailing mother. The doctors have removed a blood clot removed from her artery, and she is said to be conscious, stable and being kept under observation.
According to a statement from Dolores’ family, they asked the public to respect her privacy while she is recuperating in the hospital. As at the time of filing this report, Ronaldo or Dolores’ other three children have not made any official statements.
It was learned that Juventus have granted Ronaldo a day off on compassionate leave to go see his mother. The forward has now flown to Madeira on his private jet and would miss Wednesday’s Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg tie against AC Milan.
Ronaldo was pictured at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday to watch his old club Real Madrid beat Barcelona in the latest edition of El Clasico, with Juve forced to take the weekend off due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Recall that Dolores was diagnosed with cancer on two occasions, with Ronaldo donating £100,000 to build a new cancer centre at the hospital where she was treated back in 2009. Speaking on her battle with cancer before Ronaldo’s 34th birthday last year, Dolores said she is fighting for life after she underwent surgery in Madrid.
She said: “I was operated on another breast in Madrid, I’ve had radiotherapy and now I’m fighting for my life.”
Ronaldo and his mother enjoy a special bond and this could be traced to the early years of his life. She helps the Juventus forward with decision-making and the much-needed lesson when required. The forward calls him mother ‘a part of his strength’ due to her influence in his life.
Dolores became the sole support system for Ronaldo, his two sisters, and brother after their father, an alcoholic walked out of the home.
The 31-years-old does not hold back when it comes to showering his mother with gifts and heartwarming gestures. The former Real Madrid star flies her mother around the world in his private jet to treating her to incredible holidays and buying her exotic cars.
Ronaldo’s former club, Sporting CP released a statement on Twitter to wish Dolores, their ambassador a “speedy recovery”.