investigation into possible negligence in Maradona’s death

A portrait of Diego Maradona on the walls of Buenos Aires, November 27, two days after the death of the legendary Argentine footballer.

Argentinian justice opened an investigation, Friday, November 27, to determine whether there was negligence in the death of Diego Maradona, the prosecution seeking to know if the global icon received the necessary care. “There are already irregularities”a family member told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Hours after his death on Wednesday, lawyer and friend of Maradona, Matias Morla, denounced the fact “That the ambulance took more than half an hour to arrive at the house where the 10 was”. He warned that he would go ” until the end “. But neither he nor any member of his family has yet filed a complaint, a judicial source told AFP.

“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 ”, said the same source, on condition of anonymity.

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The 1986 world champion died at age 60 from the aftermath “Secondary acute pulmonary edema and exacerbated chronic heart failure”. He was at his home in Tigre, a town 30 km north of Buenos Aires, where he had been living since November 11, after being released from a clinic where he had been operated on six days earlier for a bruise on his head.

“Contradictions in the declaration” of the nurse

“We need to determine whether they did the right thing or not. The nurse [en service lorsque Maradona est décédé] made a statement to the prosecutor on the day Diego died, and then edited it, only to go in front of the TV and say that what she said was forced on her, so there is a certain contradiction in her statement “, told AFP a family member who requested anonymity.

The prosecution is awaiting the results of toxicological tests. He asked for the medical file as well as the recordings of the cameras of the district where Mr. Maradona lived his last days.

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The witnesses have already started to be heard. “We were able to establish that [un infirmier chargé de veiller sur lui] was the last person to have seen him alive at around 6.30 am local time on Wednesday, during the changing of the guard ”, the prosecution said in a statement. In his testimony, the nurse indicated that Madaradona “Was resting in bed” and assured “That he was sleeping and breathing normally”.

In addition, the nurse who took over and was present at the time of death then clarified her testimony and assured that she had it. “Heard moving” about an hour later. Previously, she had indicated that she had seen him sleeping at 11 o’clock, and had not wanted to disturb him, preferring to wait for the arrival at midday of the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and the psychologist Carlos Diaz.

It was they, seeing that Maradona did not react by trying to wake him, who sounded the alarm. A neighborhood doctor tried to resuscitate him. The first ambulance arrived at 12:27 p.m., the prosecution said.

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Poor health

The location of the residence where Maradona was convalescing had been chosen so that he was close to her daughters. After the operation, her recovery was going well, according to her personal physician, Dr. Luque. But Maradona’s health was fragile due to her cardiac history. He also suffered from alcohol withdrawal, which he mixed with the many medications he was taking.

“The clinic had recommended that he go elsewhere to be hospitalized, but the family decided otherwise. His daughters signed his discharge from hospital “, the family member said.

Another controversy arose on Friday: the photos of funeral directors posing, thumbs up, next to the open coffin where Maradona’s corpse lay before the wake on Thursday, scandalized Argentina despite the repeated pardons of one of the authors. Maradona’s lawyer has promised to prosecute the culprits.

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The World with AFP


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