Thiago Silva spent six months in hospital wth just hole in floor for toilet
Thiago Silva has spoken about how he had to spend six months in hospital as he battled tuberculosis.
The Chelsea star, who has shone at Stamford Bridge since signing for the Blues last summer, felt pain in his chest while playing for Porto B.
Five months later, in 2005, the defender had signed for Dynamo Moscow though the pain wasn’t going away.
Plenty of tests finally saw Silva, now 36, diagnosed with tuberculosis though it took a long time before he was back to full fitness.
“When they showed me the results, one of my lungs was completely white,” former PSG ace Silva told FourFourTwo.
“As the issue was already spreading to the other one, the doctor said I’d be hospitalised straight away for four months, which hit me very hard. The room was very tiny, with no bathroom – just a hole in the floor.
“In the end, it wasn’t four months, but six. For the first three, I couldn’t see anyone.
“My mum and girlfriend flew to Russia – actually, Isabelle went there to break up with me but didn’t go through with it!
“She left everything behind in Brazil, and we’re still together. Her presence there gave me so much strength. Only God knows what would have happened if she’d broken up with me.
“After six months I could leave the hospital, but I still wasn’t cured yet. There was a vital intervention from Ivo Wortmann, Dynamo’s coach, who had also been my manager at Juventude.
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“He and my agent wouldn’t allow the doctor to take me for surgery to remove one lobe of the lung. I went back to Portugal, where I had a flat, and kept up my recovery there.
“A tuberculosis specialist recommended I go walking for half an hour in the mornings until I felt tired, then restart.
“Isabelle came with me by bike – but, man, I couldn’t do it for five minutes. I felt exhausted.
"But I didn’t stop – little by little, I improved, then began jogging. After three months, I was healed.”
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