PostedJune 29, 2021, 02:22
Maradona’s personal physician, who was at her bedside when she died, denies all responsibility while an investigation is underway.
Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, considered the main member of the medical team at Diego Maradona’s bedside, on Monday dismissed all responsibility for the death in November of the ex-Argentine football star and asked the prosecutor for a new medical expertise.
“Dr Luque has nothing to be ashamed of. He simply said that he always took care of Maradona’s health and that each time he was called for something, he gave her assistance ”, declared Me Julio Rivas at the end of his client’s hearing. .
Dr Luque, 39, personal doctor and confidant of the former player, was heard for four hours by the prosecutor of San Isidro, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, who opened an investigation for “manslaughter with aggravating circumstances” .
“He was his family doctor, but he was not in charge of the hospitalization at home,” added the doctor’s advice, who made no statement. According to the doctor’s lawyers, the responsibility for the hospitalization of the former world champion in this house fell to two private health companies.
In addition, against an expert report released in May, lawyers claimed that there was no medical evidence showing that Diego Maradona suffered from heart problems. “The medical commission took medical records dating from 20 years ago,” criticized Me Rivas, saying that Diego Maradona had passed four check-ups between 2019 and 2020 which included cardiac examinations. “All these exams showed that it was perfect” in the matter, he declared.
According to his lawyer, Dr Luque asked for a new expertise on the conditions of the death of the champion who suffered from various health problems. At the beginning of May, twenty experts had concluded that he had been “abandoned to his fate” by his medical team, whose “inadequate, deficient and reckless” treatment had led him to a slow agony.
Leopoldo Luque, who became a media figure after having operated on his famous patient for a blood clot in the head in early November, was the last of the seven members of the medical team to be questioned as part of the investigation. The neurosurgeon had become the Argentinian star’s doctor after being contacted to treat his sleep disorders. Diego Maradona had suffered from insomnia for years and took large amounts of anxiolytics and tranquilizers which he sometimes combined with alcohol, according to relatives.
Before him, prosecutors heard from two nurses, their supervisor, a doctor coordinating home care, a psychologist and a psychiatrist. During these hearings, Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, 36, were singled out as being primarily responsible for the former player’s health.
The lawyer of Agustina Cosachov, Me Vadim Mischanchuk, however argued Friday that his client “was a psychiatrist, that she had nothing to do with the clinical control of the patient (…) died of a coronary problem which is in no way linked to the psychiatric problems she was dealing with ”.
“There were a lot of warning signs that Maradona was going to die overnight. None of the doctors did anything to avoid it, ”had denounced a few days earlier Me Rodolfo Baqué, lawyer for nurse Dahiana Madrid.
The nurse Ricardo Almiron, who looked after the patient at night, and his colleague Dahiana Madrid, responsible for supervising him during the day, only “applied the indications of the treating doctors”, according to Me Baqué. The coordinating doctor of home care, Nancy Forlini assured that her task was limited to managing the prescriptions of the two “treating doctors”. Nursing coordinator Mariano Ariel Perroni said his role was purely administrative and organizational.
The prosecution suspects the healthcare team of having “violated the duties incumbent on each of them (…) by increasing the risk beyond the authorized margin, which led to the fatal outcome of the patient, who would have could be avoided ”.
The seven members face a referral to court depending on the findings of the investigation and, if applicable, sentences of eight to 25 years in prison.