Eight people will be tried for Diego Maradona’s death.
The famous soccer player died of heart failure at age 60 in November, just two weeks after he had brain surgery. Prosecutors think his death was caused by “omissions” by his medical team, so a judge has ordered that the doctors, nurses, and psychologist who were taking care of him at the time of his death be tried for “simple homicide.” This is based on the fact that they were negligent and knew it could cause someone’s death.
Twenty experts who were hired to look into Maradona’s death last year think that his care team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient, and reckless” way. According to court documents, the judge in charge of the case has questioned “the actions or inactions of each of the accused that led to and contributed to the harmful result.”
The panel also thought that the athlete “would have had a better chance of survival” if he had gotten the right care in the right hospital.
If found guilty, neurosurgeon and personal doctor Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, psychologist Carlos Diaz, nurses Gisella Madrid and Ricardo Almiron, their boss Mariano Perroni, and doctors Pedro Di Spagna and Nancy Forlini could get between eight and twenty-five years in prison.
All of them have said that they are not to blame for the Argentinian’s death, and some have even asked that the case be thrown out.
The lawyer for Agustina, Vadim Mischanchuk, will appeal the decision. He will say that the psychiatrist’s care for Maradona had nothing to do with why he died.
“A guilty party is being looked for at all costs, and objectivity is being lost,” the lawyer said.
A date for the trial hasn’t been set yet.
Two of Maradona’s daughters filed a complaint in which they talked about their worries about how their dad was treated after surgery. This is what started the legal process.
Soon after the sports legend died, Dr. Luque cried as he talked about how he did everything he could, “up to the impossible,” to save a friend’s life.
Also, he said: “Want to know what I’m in charge of? Because you cared for him, loved him, helped him live longer, and made his life better until the end.”