7 people charged with manslaughter after Diego Maradona's death

7 people charged with manslaughter after Diego Maradona’s death

BUENOS AIRES – Seven medical professionals who treated Diego Maradona in the days before his death have been charged with manslaughter.

Maradona, who led Argentina to victory at the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart attack on November 25 at a rented residence outside Buenos Aires following two brain surgery weeks earlier. He was 60 years old.

A medical council report delivered to prosecutors this month concluded that Maradona had been in agony for more than 12 hours, had not received adequate treatment and could still be alive if properly hospitalized.

Prosecutors on Wednesday indicted neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, the two leaders of Maradona’s medical team and five other medical professionals with manslaughter.

Diego Maradona before a football match on March 7, 2020 in Buenos Aires.Agustin Marcarian / Reuters file

A doctor, a psychologist, two nurses and a nurse coordinator were the others.

The medical committee’s report said “signs of risk to the patient’s life were ignored,” adding that Maradona “showed unequivocal signs of a period of prolonged agony” of at least 12 hours.

The care that Maradona received in the rented house, according to the report, “did not meet the minimum requirements” for a patient with his medical history, and that he would have survived with “adequate hospitalization”.

Maradona had suffered from a series of medical problems, some due to drug and alcohol abuse. He is said to be on the verge of death in 2000 and 2004.

Julio Rivas, an attorney for Luque, said earlier this month that the report’s forensics were flawed and “biased … without a scientific basis.”

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