Uruguay doc stopped his own cancer treatment to get Suarez to World Cup

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Luis Suarez kisses Walter Ferreira after his opening goal against England

An incredible story has emerged from Uruguay which is one of the most astonishing tales of Brazil 2014.

Walter Ferreira, the doctor who helped Luis Suarez's recovery from a knee operation last month, is apparently suffering from cancer - but according to a report in the Independent put his treatment on hold in order to travel to Brazil to do his utmost to help out the striker.

The efforts were not in vain: Suarez put two goals past England on Thursday night in a 2-1 win which put them on track to qualify for the last 16.

Immediately after his first goal against England, Suarez ran straight over to Ferreira on the touchlines and pointed to him - and later, he explained that he did so in order to give the doctor full credit.

"The goals were for him because of what he did for me," Suarez said.

"I have to thank him. I scored the goals, but he is the man responsible for them."

Ferreira himself was the picture of modesty when asked about his contribution to Suarez's World Cup effort.

"He deserves it, he worked hard to be here today," he said, adding that Suarez would travel to Ferreira's home when he felt too ill to make it to the resort in Brazil that Uruguay used as their training complex.

"I couldn't go to the resort so he would come to my house. He gave it all, his wife, his family, I'm truly grateful."

Ferreira is being hailed as a national hero in Uruguay, second only to the striker himself, and it sounds as if he's found it all rather overwhelming.

"I have no words. Life has some ups and downs but you have to keep fighting," he added.

"I'm very grateful. I'm going to keep fighting."

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Suarez points out Ferreira after his goal

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