The football legend’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless” manner, according to an expert medical court.
Football icon Diego Maradona did not receive inadequate medical care and was left to his own devices for a “prolonged and agonizing period” before his death last year, an expert medical court has concluded.
The 60-year-old Argentine succumbed to one heart attack on November 25th a few weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot. His passing caused a period of national mourning in Argentina and caused a worldwide outpouring of mourning.
Shortly afterwards, the Argentine prosecutor convened a group of 20 experts to examine the cause of death and determine if there had been negligence. Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Díaz are investigating, in addition to two nurses, a nursing coordinator and a medical coordinator.
In a 70-page document, the group said Friday that Maradona “began dying at least 12 hours earlier” at the time he was found dead in his bed. The finding could result in a case of unlawful death and a prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.
“The action of the medical team in charge of treating DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) was inadequate, deficient and reckless,” the report of the medical board of April 30 said and shared with the Reuters news agency by a source close to the research.
“It showed unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonizing period, so we come to the conclusion that the patient was not adequately monitored as of 00:30 on 11/25/2020,” the report added.
Maradona underwent surgery on November 3, just four days after celebrating his 60th birthday at the club he coached, Gimnasia y Esgrima.
However, at that time he appeared in poor health and had trouble speaking. Maradona had struggled with cocaine and alcohol addictions during his lifetime. He suffered from liver, kidney and cardiovascular disorders when he died.
Two of the great footballer’s daughters have accused Luque of responsibility for the deterioration of Maradona’s health. The group concluded that Maradona “would have had more chances of survival” with proper treatment at a proper medical center.
He died in bed in a rented house in an exclusive neighborhood of Buenos Aires, where he received home care. Maradona did not have “full use of his mental faculties” and should not have been left to decide where he would be treated, experts said.
They also found that his treatment was fraught with “deficiencies and irregularities” and that the medical team had left his survival “to fate.”
Maradona is an idol of millions of Argentines after in 1986 he only inspired the country in its second World Cup victory.
An attacking midfielder who spent two years with the Spanish giants of Barcelona, he is also loved in Naples, where he helped Napoli win the only two Serie A titles in the club’s history.