Ballesteros discharged following surgery

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Seve Ballesteros has been discharged from hospital, after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumour.

The five-time major winner has been in La Paz hospital since collapsing in October and has undergone four operations - the last of which took place last week.

However, the hospital have confirmed Ballesteros has now been allowed home.

"The patient Severiano Ballesteros has been discharged this morning by the Department of Neurosurgery and has already left the hospital," read a statement.

"He will continue to have outpatient treatment in the Departments of Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology."

Ballesteros was diagnosed with a brain tumour after losing consciousness at Madrid Airport in October.

The 51-year-old underwent a lengthy operation on 24 October to reduce pressure on his brain and remove remaining tumour tissues following two previous operations.

On 18 November he had recovered sufficiently to leave intensive care, but was readmitted a fortnight later for further surgery to place a cephalorachidian fluid VP shunt.

However, Ballesteros was released back onto the ward the following day and has now been deemed fit to be discharged.

The hospital also revealed there would be a further statement later today on the golfer's official website,