Doctors, nurses and other medical staff who cared for soccer legend Diego Maradona now face a homicide trial, after an Argentinian judge granted prosecutors’ request to move forward with the case. case against them.
Maradona died of heart failure and pulmonary edema in November 2020. He was recovering from brain surgery, but instead of being in hospital he was recovering in a house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires – and prosecutors say Maradona’s doctors and other caregivers 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 Ángel Díaz, home care coordinator Nancy Edith Forlini, nursing care coordinator Mariano Ariel Perroni, nurses Ricardo Omar Almirón and Dahiana Gisela Madrid, and clinician Pedro Pablo Di Spagna.
Several of those charged have publicly denied responsibility for Maradona’s death. Luque, who was the football great’s personal doctor, insisted he had little to do with Maradona’s ongoing care in the weeks before his death.
In May, Luque’s lawyers said two companies – Medidom and Swiss Medical – were in charge of home hospitalization, which was initially intended to help Maradona overcome alcohol addiction.
Questions about the circumstances of Maradona’s death at the age of 60 prompted a search of Luque’s office and the formation of a 20-member medical panel to investigate. They determined he died after exhibiting symptoms for a “prolonged and agonizing period” which should have caused alarm.
Prosecutors said Maradona died after “unprecedented, utterly deficient and reckless hospitalization at home”, as the Buenos Aires time reports.
Judge Orlando Díaz issued his order Wednesday – the same day Argentina fans commemorated the 36th anniversary of Maradona’s famous ‘Hand of God’ goal to defeat England in a run for the 1986 World Cup championship.
The jersey Maradona wore that day recently sold at auction for over $9 million.