The death of Maradona: the trial of 8 doctors on charges of "manslaughter"

Eight medical professionals are set to stand trial in Argentina for the “manslaughter” of football legend Diego Armando Maradona.

The prosecution called for that trial last April, noting shortcomings and negligence in caring for the former star.

A trial date has not been set for those responsible for Maradona’s death, which prosecutors said was due to “inaction” and abuse by the Argentine star’s guardians as they placed him in a “state of helplessness” to be left “to his own devices.” fate.” “during his ‘scandalous’ hospitalization at home,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Prosecutors charge the eight with negligent homicide and face 8 to 25 years in prison. The prosecution said the defendants were “heroes of an unprecedented, incomplete and reckless home hospitalization” and that they committed “a series of improvisations, managerial errors and shortcomings “.

Maradona died at the age of 60 in his medical bed at his residence north of the capital, Buenos Aires, on November 25, 2020 due to a heart and respiratory crisis while recovering from head surgery.

And a 70-page report in May 2021 indicated that the investigating medical committee, at the request of the judiciary regarding the last hours of the Argentine star, determined that Maradona “began to die at least 12 hours before” before his death. actual death and that he suffered “a period of long torment”. After brain surgery due to a blood clot.

Prosecutors received a series of audio messages indicating that the medical team knew that Maradona used alcohol, psychotropic drugs and marijuana in the last months of his life.

Among the findings of the report, the medical board said that the “signs of danger to life” that the former Napoli and Barcelona star was showing were ignored and that his departure in recent weeks was “marred by shortcomings and irregularities”.

The judge in San Ysidro announced that the eight defendants are neurologist and family doctor Leopoldo Lucca and psychiatrist Agustin Kosacheva as the main officials responsible for the health of the first star of the 1986 World Cup, when he led Argentina to the second World Cup. and last world title.

In addition to them, there are psychotherapist Carlos Diaz, medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, nursing coordinator Mariano Perrone, nurses Ricardo Almiron and Diana Madrid, and clinician Pedro Pablo de Spagna.

Source: AFP

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