Argentine soccer star’s medical team faces murder case : NPR

A man prays in front of a shrine to the late soccer star Diego Maradona at the Argentinos Juniors stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last November.

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Argentine soccer star's medical team faces murder case : NPR

A man prays in front of a shrine to the late soccer star Diego Maradona at the Argentinos Juniors stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, last November.

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Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who cared for football legend Diego Maradona are now facing a murder trial after an Argentine judge granted prosecutors’ request to continue the case against them.

Maradona died in November 2020 of heart failure and pulmonary edema. He was recovering from brain surgery, but instead of being in a hospital, he was recovering in a house on the outskirts of Buenos Aires — and prosecutors say Maradona’s doctors and other health care providers should have known he was in danger. , and did more to save him.

The defendants are neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luciano Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Angel Diaz, home care coordinator Nancy Edith Forlini, nurse coordinator Mariano Ariel Perroni, nurses Ricardo Omar Almiron and Dahiana Gisela Madrid, and clinician Pedro Pablo Di Spagna.

Several of the accused have publicly denied responsibility for Maradona’s death. Luque, who served as the football great’s personal doctor, has maintained that he had little to do with the ongoing care of Maradona in the weeks before he died.

In May, Luque’s lawyers said two companies — Medidom and Swiss Medical — were responsible for the home hospitalization, which was initially intended to help Maradona overcome alcoholism.

Questions about the circumstances of Maradona’s death at age 60 led to a search of Luque’s office and the formation of a 20-member medical panel to investigate. They determined he died after showing symptoms during a “prolonged, painful period” that should have raised the alarm.

Prosecutors said Maradona died after “an unprecedented, totally flawed and reckless hospitalization at home,” as the Buenos Aires Times reports.

Judge Orlando Díaz issued his order on Wednesday – the same day Argentine fans commemorated the 36th anniversary of Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” goal to beat England in a run to the 1986 World Cup.

The sweater Maradona wore that day recently sold at auction for more than $9 million.

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