28/10/2005

Best condition still cause for concern

The condition of former Northern Ireland footballer George Best is said to have improved slightly overnight, his consultant said on Friday morning.

Professor Roger Williams said the former Manchester United star was still "a very sick man" but a change in medication overnight had proved positive.

"I don't want to go too far or raise too many hopes, but he is a little better than he was last night and naturally we think it is a result of the treatment," he said.

"It is small improvement, but nevertheless it is encouraging to see it. We go on treating day by day. He is a very sick man."

Best was admitted to Cromwell Hospital in west London three weeks ago, following a kidney infection.

However, his condition worsened on Wednesday evening after it was revealed he was suffering internal bleeding from the bowel.

Best had a liver transplant in 2002 which was a direct result of his many years of heavy drinking.

His current condition is not thought to be directly related to his problems with alcohol.

(MB/SP)

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