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7 Medical Professionals Face Homicide Charges Over Death Of Diego Maradona

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A total of seven medical professionals have reportedly been charged with “simple homicide with eventual intent” following an investigation into the death of soccer legend Diego Maradona by prosecutors in San Isidro, Argentina.

Key Facts

The investigation showed that prior to his passing in November of 2020, Maradon’s care was “plagued by deficiencies and irregularities,” according to officials who spoke with Agence France-Presse.

The individuals charged reportedly included neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, who performed brain surgery on Maradona two weeks before his death and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, both of whom denied accusations of wrongdoing, as well as psychologist Carlos Diaz and four nurses.

Under Argentinian law, they face eight to 25 years in prison if found guilty.

San Isidro prosecutors have requested a local judge prohibit the seven health professionals from leaving the country.  

Key Background:

Maradona, widely considered one of the sport’s all-time greatest players, died of heart failure at the age of 60 at a house near Buenos Aires on November 25. Earlier that month, he underwent emergency brain surgery for a subdural hematoma, which was deemed successful. In late October, he was admitted to another medical facility in Argentina due to “signs of depression, anemia and dehydration” before the hematoma was discovered. In the days after his death, the soccer legend’s family accused the medical team responsible for his care of not treating Maradona adequately and demanded justice. In March, the San Isidro prosecutors’ office delegated an independent medical board to determine if the health professionals were in any way culpable for Maradona’s death. The board found the actions of the health team in charge of treating Maradona were “deficient, reckless and indifferent.” In their report, dated April 30, it was determined Maradona deteriorated at the private residence, and he suffered through a “prolonged, agonizing period” for approximately 12 hours before his death. “The patient was not adequately monitored,” according to the report, and “warning signs that the patient exhibited were ignored.”

What To Watch For:

The seven medical professionals will be asked to testify under oath on May 31.

Big Number:

13.5 Billion. The 1986 World Cup, in which Maradona led Argentina to the title, attracted an estimated total of 13.5 billion TV viewers worldwide over the course of the tournament. The final match was broadcast in 166 countries.

Further Reading:

Soccer Legend Diego Maradona Dead At 60 (Forbes) 

Diego Maradona case: Seven medical professionals charged with homicide (ESPN)

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