Maradona in “Agony” Before Death: Medical Report
A medical panel that has been investigating Diego Maradona’s final hours has brought charges against his caretakers of recklessness, believing he may have survived under better care, according to CNN.
The Argentine football icon died of heart failure in November at the age of 60. According to the report, he spent his last hours under medical supervision in a house in Buenos Aires instead of a hospital. The board found the measures taken by the Maradona medical team, headed by neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, as “inadequate, inadequate and inconsiderate,” according to the report.
“Unmistakable signs … persistent agony”
The report found that his care “was plagued by irregularities and imperfections” and concluded that “in the last 12 hours of Maradona” there were “unmistakable signs of a period of persistent agony”.
“The warning signs that the patient was showing were ignored,” said the Medical Board report, according to CNN.
The board found that Maradona, who had undergone brain surgery in early November, “was not using his mental faculties to the full” and should not have made any decision about his care.
“While it is counterfactual to say that DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) would not have died if he had been treated appropriately, we agree he would have had a better chance, given what happened in the days leading up to his death was known to survive if treated according to medical best practices in a health facility, “the report said.
Nurses deny negligence
The results of the report will be subjected to a legal investigation into Maradona’s death. Neither Luque nor Cosachov have responded publicly to the allegations in the report. Both have previously defended themselves in Maradona’s care.
“There is nothing to suggest that I was negligent,” Luque told prosecutors on CNN in November. Cosachov’s attorney told CNN in December that she “used her best judgment from a medical point of view.”
Maradona was a hero in his homeland after leading Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and becoming an international sensation as a professional in Europe. Protesters have taken to the streets in Argentina demanding answers about his death.
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