Doctors Involved In The Care Of Argentine Legend Will Stand Trial Over His Death

Written By Onyeka Daniel

On the 25th of November 2020, when football legend, Diego Armando Maradona was declared dead, the world of football was thrown into mourning as they mourned the loss of one of the best players to have ever played the game.

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At that time, it was said that he died of natural causes, Maradona died at the age of 60, due to a cardio-respiratory arrest while he was recovering at a house outside Buenos Aires from surgery for a blood clot on his brain.


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But a few days after his death, Argentine prosecutors began an investigation into the doctors and nurses involved in his care.

In 2021, a medical board appointed to examine Maradona’s death found Maradona’s medical team acted in an “inappropriate, deficient and reckless manner.”

It also determined that the footballer “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility, according to the court ruling.

Prosecutors requested in April that Judge Orlando Díaz put those under investigation on public trial. Brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov are among those who will stand trial for homicide, the judge ruled.

The trial is not expected to begin until the end of 2023 or early 2024. The defendants are accused of failing to take proper care of Maradona when he was recovering from surgery, which led to his death at that time.

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Maradona, played for Barcelona between 1982 to 1094, but he’s much famous for his years at Napoli (1984 to 1991) and helped them to win the Italian League title in the 1986/87 season and their current stadium is named after him. He also played for Sevilla, Boca Juniors and Newell Old Boys in Argentina.

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