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“Abandoned to her fate”, Maradona experienced a “period of prolonged agony”

The report of the medical commission responsible for investigating the last hours of the Argentine star was made public on Friday.

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona was “abandoned to his fate” by the medical team surrounding him shortly before his death, providing him with “inadequate” treatment leading to slow agony, an expert report criticized. public Friday. In a 70-page document, the medical commission charged with investigating at the request of justice the last hours of the Argentine star, determined that Diego Maradona “began to die at least 12 hours before” to be found without life and endured a “period of prolonged agony”.

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The prosecution has opened an investigation which seeks to determine a possible negligence or recklessness in the medical treatment administered to Argentine No. 10, who died of a heart problem on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60 in his residence in Tigre, au north of Buenos Aires. The statements of two of the five daughters of the ex-captain of the Argentina team, Gianinna (31 years old) and Jana (24 years old), who pointed out the neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque as responsible for the deterioration of the state of health of their father, had initiated legal proceedings.

“He should have continued his rehabilitation and interdisciplinary treatment in an appropriate institution”

Medical report

The medical commission of twenty experts, including forensic pathologists who performed the autopsy and specialists from various medical disciplines, concludes that the former world champion “would have had a better chance of survival” if he had been hospitalized in a hospital. appropriate and versatile care center. “Taking into account the clinical, clinico-psychiatric picture and the poor general condition, he should have continued his rehabilitation and interdisciplinary treatment in an appropriate institution”, insists the document.

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The investigation focuses on seven people: neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, a psychologist, two nurses (a man and a woman) who were at Diego Maradona’s bedside, as well as the supervisor of these nurses and a doctor. home hospitalization coordinator. In Argentina, the penalties for neglectful abandonment or manslaughter range from five to fifteen years in prison.


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