Diego Maradona’s doctor targeted by manslaughter investigation

In Buenos Aires, November 26, 2020.

Four days after the death of Diego Maradona, his doctor is the subject of an investigation for manslaughter, announced Sunday, November 29, the prosecutor’s office in San Isidro, near Buenos Aires. The former glory of Argentine football died on November 25, at the age of 60, of the aftermath “Secondary acute pulmonary edema and exacerbated chronic heart failure”, at his home.

Police raided the office and home of Doctor Leopoldo Luque on Sunday in search of evidence of possible professional negligence, according to the prosecution and images broadcast on television. This questioning of the doctor, who had operated on Maradona for a head bruise earlier this month, does not automatically imply police custody or deprivation of liberty, these judicial sources told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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This investigation was triggered by statements from Dalma, Gianinna and Jana, three daughters from Maradona, on how the former footballer’s heart problem was managed at his residence in Tigre, north of the Argentine capital.

“We are continuing the investigations by collecting testimonies, including those of members of the family” of Diego Maradona, said a judicial source in San Isidro. Doctor Luque, contacted by AFP, declined to comment.

No complaint has yet been filed

Diego Maradona seemed to have recovered well from his head surgery. The location of the residence where he was convalescing had been chosen so that he was close to his daughters. “The clinic had recommended that he go elsewhere to be hospitalized, but the family decided otherwise. His daughters signed his authorization to leave the hospital ”, a family member said on condition of anonymity.

The day after his death, lawyer Matias Morla, friend of Maradona, denounced the fact on Thursday “That the ambulance took more than half an hour to get to the house where the 10 was” and warned that he would go ” until the end “.

No complaint has yet been filed. “The investigation was opened because it is about a deceased person in her home and no one has signed her death certificate. This does not mean that there are suspicions of irregularities ”, a judicial source said, on condition of anonymity.

The San Isidro prosecutor’s office is awaiting the results of toxicological tests. He demanded the medical file as well as the recordings of the cameras of the district where Diego Maradona lived his last days. The 1986 world champion had seemed very weak on October 30, the date of his last appearance and the day of his sixtieth birthday, to lead the training of his players at the club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata.

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The doctor claims to have “done the impossible”

In reaction, Leopoldo Luque claimed on Sunday that he had made “All he could, until the impossible” for a patient who “Did what he wanted”. “Do you want to know what I’m responsible for?” To have loved him, to have taken care of him, to have prolonged his life, to have improved it until the end ”, said Doctor Luque in a televised press conference, between two sobs.

Aged 39, he considered himself ” a friend “ of Maradona and saw him “Like a father, not like a patient”. He does not know why there was no heart attack defibrillator at his residence in Tigre, and he did indicate that he was not his attending physician. “I am proud of everything I have done. I have nothing to hide. I am at the disposal of justice ”, added Dr. Luque.

Maradona died on November 25 from a heart attack in bed. It was “Unmanageable”, according to the doctor. “He should have gone to a rehabilitation center [après son opération]. He didn’t want to, and he didn’t want a therapeutic companion either. “ “A psychiatrist had asked that there always be an ambulance in front of his house. I don’t know who is responsible for the fact that there was no ambulance [ce jour-là] “, added the neurosurgeon.

The World with AFP


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