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Maradona's personal doctor faces up to 25 years in prison

Diego Maradona died of a heart attack last year at the age of 60. His doctors and nurses are now on trial – are they to blame for the football superstar’s death?

Buenos Aires (AP) – Almost six months after the death of Diego Maradona, the public prosecutor has brought charges of premeditated murder against the doctors and nurses of the Argentine football legend.

Maradona’s personal physician Leopoldo Luque, his psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and several nurses face between eight and 25 years imprisonment if convicted, as the newspaper “La Nación” and the television station TN reported on Thursday, citing judicial circles. The seven defendants are therefore not allowed to leave the country and should make their statements from the end of May to mid-June.

Maradona died of a heart attack on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60 in a private residential complex north of Buenos Aires. He had been released from the hospital two weeks earlier, where he had undergone brain surgery. A medical expert commission had recently accused the doctors and nurses of serious errors.

“Although the medical professionals were aware of the poor health of the patient, they took actions that were contrary to standard practice and did not take any necessary action. This made Maradona’s condition worse and left him in a situation of helplessness, ”the broadcaster TN quoted from a document from the public prosecutor’s office.

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