Buenos Aires — Eight medical professionals are set to confront a trial charged with negligence in the death of legendary Argentine football player Diego Maradona.
After the Medical Commission discovered that Maradona’s treatment was full of “deficiencies and irregularities,” the judge ordered the suspect to be murdered.
Maradona died of a heart attack in Buenos Aires in November 2020 at the age of 60.
He was recovering from a stroke surgery at home earlier that month.
A few days after his death, Argentine prosecutors began investigating the doctors and nurses involved in his treatment.
Last year, a committee of 20 experts appointed to investigate his death discovered that Maradona’s medical team acted “inappropriately, inadequately, and recklessly.”
According to a court ruling, soccer players “have a better chance of survival” if they receive the right treatment in the right medical facilities.
The charges have been made by Maladona neurosurgeon and individual doctor Leopold Luque, a psychiatrist and psychologist, two doctors, two nurses and their bosses. They all deny responsibility for his death.
All eight are tested on the legal definition of negligence-based murder committed with the knowledge that it can lead to the death of a person.
According to Argentine criminal law, the crime could be sentenced to eight to 25 years in prison. The trial date has not yet been set.
Maradona’s son, one of the lawyers, Mario Baudley, told Reuters that the football legend was “powerless” by the time of his death.
“As soon as I saw the cause, I said it was a murder. I fought for a long time, but this stage is over,” he said.
The legal process was prompted by complaints filed by two Maradona daughters. They expressed concern about the treatment of their father after brain surgery.
At a moving press conference in November 2020, Dr. Luke cried for doing everything he could to save his friend’s life.
At one point, the doctor counterattacked the reporters. “Do you want to know what I’m responsible for? For loving him, taking care of him, extending his life, and improving it to the end. “
The doctor said he “did everything he could, until impossible.”
Diego Maradona is widely considered to be one of the greatest soccer players ever playing the game. When Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, he was the captain and scored the famous “God’s Hand” goal against England in the quarterfinals.
During the second half of his career, Maradona suffered from cocaine addiction and was banned for 15 months after a positive drug test in 1991.
The news of his death threw the football world, and his home country Argentina, into deep sorrow, with thousands of people lining up for hours walking by the coffin at the presidential residence in Buenos Aires. — BBC
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