May 14, 2021

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Diego Maradona was in agony for 12 hours before his death, his treatment “reckless and indifferent”, the Argentinian medical council said.


The great Argentine footballer “had not fully used his mental faculties” and could have had “a better chance of survival” if he had been admitted to a health establishment, concluded the medical commission in its report, which will become of part of the judicial inquiry into this death, the prosecutor in charge of the case confirmed to CNN.

Investigators are looking to find out why the former footballer was treated in a house during his last days and whether his psychological condition allowed him to make decisions on his own, as well as a lack of treatment for his heart problem, among others.

Each of these is mentioned in the medical council’s report, which CNN obtained from a source working on the case.

No one has been formally charged, but seven people have been told they are under investigation, although they deny responsibility.

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“ He would have had a better chance of survival ”

“While it is counterfactual to assert that DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) would not have died if he had been treated adequately, given what was known from the days leading up to his death, we agree that he would have had a better chance of survival if he had been treated in a health facility according to best medical practice, ”the report read.

The work of Maradona’s medical team, led by neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, has been heavily criticized by investigators.

In addition to labeling their actions as “inadequate, flawed and reckless,” the council said it was possible to infer “that the medical team fully and completely saw the possible death of the patient, was completely indifferent to the possibility and no did not change their behavior or treatment plan, sustaining the damaging omissions discussed above, leaving the patient’s health “to chance”. “

In November, Luque spoke to prosecutors about his professional relationship with Maradona. “There is nothing to suggest that I have been negligent,” he said.

In December, Cosachov’s lawyer told CNN that his client “had used her best medical judgment”.

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“ He started dying at least 12 hours before ”

Experts also confirmed the results of an autopsy which determined that the cause of death was “acute pulmonary edema secondary to exacerbation of chronic heart failure” and tests did not find drugs or drugs. alcohol in his system.

But they pointed out that Maradona, who was 60 at the time of her death, suffered from prolonged agony.

“DAM began to die at least 12 hours before 12:30 p.m. on 11/25/2020, that is, there were undeniable signs of a period of prolonged agony, and therefore we conclude that the patient was not properly followed from 12:30 am on that day.

“The warning signs that the patient showed were ignored”, continue the experts, who also evoke an audio message sent to the relatives of Maradona by the physiotherapist Nicolás Taffarel.

“Last week I told them we had to wake him up because he could develop pulmonary edema,” he said.

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“ He did not fully use his mental faculties ”

The former footballer “had not fully used his mental faculties, nor was he in a position to make decisions regarding his health, at least from the time he was admitted (to the medical clinic of the city ​​of La Plata) “, according to the report.

He goes on to discuss the alleged “home hospitalization” that Maradona received in a house in Tigre, in the northern part of Buenos Aires, after being expelled from the Olivos clinic on November 11, and where he died two weeks later. late.

The council said home hospitalization “was not the case, as the basic conditions for hospitalizing a patient with multiple complex pathologies like those of DAM did not exist.”

The medical experts also claimed that the nursing team at the house was “plagued with irregularities and deficiencies”, that the “correct checks and care” were not carried out by “practicing doctors” and “assistants”. therapeutic ”.

Finally, the council discussed the psychiatric drugs prescribed for Maradona.

Although it is “suitable both in dosage and in dosage for his nervous disorder,” it cannot be excluded “that this drug did not play a role in the fatal outcome” because “of the cardiological tests and of laboratory were not performed within 14 days of death. “

Although all those investigated claim to have committed no wrongdoing, they have yet to comment on the medical commission’s report, which will be analyzed by prosecutors working on the case to decide how the judicial investigation proceeds. will take place.

Diejo Laje contributed to this report.