Football legend George Best has been out of bed and started eating again just days after his life-saving liver transplant, hospital officials said today.
The former Manchester United and Northern Ireland star underwent 10 hours of major surgery on Tuesday at the private Cromwell Hospital in west London.
He has spent several days in intensive care recovering from the procedure but was moved into a specialist liver ward on Thursday where medical staff are encouraging him to regain his mobility.
Hospital spokesman Geoffrey Brandon told PA News: ‘‘George Best has spent a quiet day relaxing. He’s looking very well, eating and is very comfortable and walking about.’’
He added: ‘‘Tests on his new liver are all satisfactory.’’
Best, 56, has been accompanied by his 29-year-old second wife Alex at the hospital at virtually all times since his operation.
He had been waiting about seven to eight months for a suitable liver, after causing irreparable damage to his health from years of heavy drinking and high living.
His medical team have said that if all goes well, the former footballer should soon notice improvements in his health, including better skin texture and hair texture, and he should have more energy.
Consultant physician Prof Roger Williams said earlier this week that Best’s prospects for recovery are good, barring complications.
‘‘About 80% of people having a transplant do well at one year. If they do well at one year, they go on doing well,’’ he said.