Football icon Diego Maradona was apparently “insufficiently cared for” before his death on November 25, 2020. This emerges from a 70-page document from experts who had investigated the circumstances surrounding the demise of the former Argentine superstar. Maradona died of a heart attack at the age of 60.
As a 20-person panel of medical experts announced on Friday, the 1986 world champion had been left to his fate for a “long, agonizing time” immediately before his death. The process started “at least twelve hours” before his final death.
The panel concluded that with appropriate treatment in an appropriate medical facility, Maradona “would have had a better chance of survival”. The medical team left its survival “to fate”.
In the meantime, investigations have been initiated against Maradona’s neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and the psychologist Carlos Diaz as well as two nurses, a care coordinator and a medical coordinator. If those responsible for Maradona’s death can be identified, they face a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Maradona had had a brain operation a few weeks before his death. The panel was convened by the prosecutor to investigate the cause of death and determine whether there was negligence or medical malpractice. There are “irregularities”, a family member of Maradonas told the French news agency AFP at the time, “you have to see whether they have acted as they should”.