Among the accused are a neurosurgeon and family doctor, a clinician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a director of nursing.
Eight health professionals to be tried in Argentina for premeditated murder, closing the “curtain” of the investigation on the death of world football legend Diego Maradona in November 2020at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
A judge in San Isidro (Argentina) has accepted the lawsuit against the specific health professionals, including a neurosurgeon and a family doctor, a clinician, a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a director of nursing.
The prosecutor, in fact, had requested the specific trial in April, pointing out shortcomings and negligence in the care of the Argentine star.
Maradona died of a heart attack on November 25, 2020, alone, in a medical bed, in a house in northern Buenos Aires, while recovering from a very delicate neurosurgery of the head. He suffered from kidney and liver problems, heart failure, neurological deterioration and addiction to alcohol and psychotropic drugs.
The eight suspects will be tried for “simple homicide with dolus eventualis”an offense characterized when a person commits negligence knowing that it can cause someone to die.
They face sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years in prison, but will have to appear free at trial, as the San Isidro prosecutor never requested their pre-trial detention.
According to prosecutors, the staff responsible for Maradona was “the protagonist of an unprecedented, completely incomplete and reckless home treatment” and had committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement of the whole situation”.
An expert report, in the context of the investigation, had concluded that the former player had been “left to his fate” by his medical team, leading him to a slow death.
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