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Diego Maradona: Football Legend’s Medical Staff to Face Trial


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Eight medical professionals suspected of criminal negligence in the death of renowned Argentine footballer Diego Maradona will go on trial. A judge has mandated a culpable murder trial after a medical review team discovered numerous “deficiencies and anomalies” in Maradona’s care.

Diego Maradona, 60, passed away in Buenos Aires in November 2020 as a result of a heart attack. He had undergone surgery earlier that month to remove a brain blood clot, and he was recuperating at home.

Prosecutors in Argentina opened an inquiry into the physicians and nurses who provided for him a few days after he passed away.

The 20-person panel of experts charged with investigating Maradona’s death last year concluded that his medical staff handled matters in an “inappropriate, defective, and dangerous manner.” According to the court decision, the football player “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate care received in a suitable medical facility.

Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s neurosurgeon and personal physician, as well as a psychiatrist, a psychologist, two physicians, two nurses, and their supervisor, are among those who are accused. Each of them has disclaimed guilt for his demise.

All eight will be tried for homicide under a legal definition that is based on carelessness done with the awareness that it might result in death. The penal code of Argentina stipulates that the crime carries a sentence of eight to twenty-five years in jail. The trial’s date has not yet been determined.

According to Mario Baudry, an attorney for one of Maradona’s sons, the football great was “in a condition of helplessness” at the time of his passing. Two of Maradona’s daughters complained, which sparked the legal action. They voiced concerns regarding the care their father received following the brain surgery.

In a tearful press appearance in November 2020, Dr. Luque said he had done everything in his power to preserve a friend’s life. The physician once responded to journalists by saying: “Do you want to know my responsibilities? First, for having cared for him, loved him, and helped him live a longer, better life.” The doctor declared that he had attempted “everything, even to the impossible.”

Most people agree that Diego Maradona is among the best football players that have ever lived. When Argentina won the 1986 World Cup, he served as captain, and in the quarterfinal match against England, he scored the infamous “Hand of God” goal. After testing positive for cocaine in 1991, Maradona was suspended for 15 months during the second half of his career due to his cocaine addiction.

The football community and his native Argentina were in great sadness upon the news of his passing. Thousands of people spent hours in line to pay their respects to him at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Even the most ardent Diego Maradona follower would admit the harm that years of drugs had done to his physique and the incapacitating results of his difficult brain surgery. However, there was a perception in Argentina that the most legendary player to ever grace a soccer field, who was only 60 years old, had been taken from us too soon.

The medical panel’s subsequent findings were extremely devastating as questions regarding his treatment continued to be raised and demands for answers mounted with each new piece of information.

The three days of national mourning that followed Maradona’s passing saw an outpouring of grief and respect as thousands of fans filed through his flag-draped casket in the presidential palace, many of them in tears.

They had wanted to bid him farewell later than it was. They might at least receive clarification from these accusations regarding the precise circumstances surrounding the passing of one of Argentina’s finest sons.

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