A panel of medical experts has found that Argentine football icon Diego Maradona received inadequate medical treatment and was left to fend for a “prolonged and agonizing period”.
A panel of 20 experts was convened by Argentina’s prosecutor to examine the football legend’s cause of death and determine whether there had been negligence.
Remembering the genius of Maradona
She found that Maradona, who died of a heart attack on November 25 at the age of 60, “had started dying at least 12 hours before” he was found dead in bed.
The great Argentinian died just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.
Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz are under investigation, along with two nurses, a nurse coordinator and a medical coordinator.
The finding could result in a wrongful death case and a prison sentence of up to 15 years if convicted.
The complaint was brought by two of Maradona’s five daughters against Luque, who they blamed for their father’s deteriorating state of health after the brain operation.
Death of Diego Maradona
The committee concluded that Maradona “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment at an appropriate medical facility.
Maradona had not “fully used 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 riddled with “deficiencies and irregularities” and that the medical team had left its survival “to fate”.
Sebastian Sanchi, former spokesperson for Maradona, told AFP: “It is clear that the panel is saying things have not been done well.”