Eight medical workers will be on trial for alleged criminal neglect leading to the death in bed of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona while receiving post-surgery care.
A judge on Wednesday ordered culpable homicide not amounting to murder for eight people, including Maradona’s family doctors and nurses, based on evidence that they “failed to take action that would have prevented the death” in November 2020. could”.
No trial date has been set.
Maradona died at the age of 60, while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot, and a decades-long battle with cocaine and alcohol addiction.
He was found dead in bed two weeks after going under the knife, in a rented house in an exclusive Buenos Aires neighborhood where he was brought after being discharged from the hospital.
It was learned that he died of a heart attack.
A panel of 20 medical experts convened by the Argentine public prosecutor concluded last year that Maradona’s treatment was full of “shortcomings and irregularities”.
It said the footballer “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment at an appropriate medical facility.
Experts found that his caretakers had left the pagan player to his fate for a “prolonged, painful period”, leading to his death.
Prosecutors asked his caregivers to prosecute him for negligent manslaughter, alleging they had left him “to his fate.”
Eight people will be prosecuted on the legal definition of murder characterized by negligence committed in the knowledge that it may cause the death of a person.
Accused in the case are neurosurgeon and family doctor Leopoldo Luc, psychiatrist Augustina Kosakov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, medical coordinator Nancy Forlini, nursing coordinator Mariano Peroni, nurses Ricardo Almiron and Dahian Madrid, and physician Pedro Paglo di Spagna.
Prosecutors have accused the defendants of being “heroes of an unprecedented, outright lackluster and reckless hospitalization at home.”
They run the risk of prison sentences ranging from eight to 25 years.
They have all denied responsibility and none are in pre-trial custody.
An investigation was launched after two of Maradona’s five children filed complaints against Luke, whom they blame for their father’s deterioration after the operation.
Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers in history.
The former Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli star was suffering from liver, kidney and heart disorders at the time of his death.
He became a role model for millions of Argentines after leading the South American nation to its second World Cup victory in 1986.
The court’s decision came as Argentina celebrated the footballer’s own day in memory of Maradona’s performance in the 1986 quarter-final against England, when he scored the infamous “Hand of God” goal and then the “Goal of the Century” in a FIFA poll. Voted in ,
His death shocked fans around the world, and thousands queued to file his coffin wrapped in the Argentine flag at the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires amid three days of national mourning.
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