Doctors, nurses and other medical staff who were in the care of football legend Diego Maradona now face a murder trial, after an Argentine judge granted the prosecution’s request to move forward with the case against them.
Maradona died of heart failure and pulmonary edema in November of 2020. He was recovering from brain surgery, but instead of being in the hospital, he was recovering at a home in the Buenos Aires suburbs — and prosecutors say Maradona’s doctors and other caregivers should have known he was in danger, and do more to save him.
The accused are neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luciano Luc, psychiatrist Agustina Kozakov, psychiatrist Carlos Angel Diaz, home care coordinator Nancy Edith Forlini, nursing coordinator Mariano Ariel Peroni, nurses Ricardo Omar Almiron and Dahiana Gisela Madrid, and doctor Pedro Pablo de Spagna.
Several defendants have publicly denied responsibility for Maradona’s death. Locke, who was the footballer’s personal physician, insisted he had little to do with Maradona’s ongoing care in the weeks leading up to his death.
In May, Luque’s lawyers said two companies – Medidom and Swiss Medical – were responsible for the home hospitalization, which was initially intended to help Maradona overcome alcoholism.
Questions about the circumstances of Maradona’s death at the age of 60 prompted a search of Locke’s office and the formation of a 20-member medical committee to investigate. They determined that he died after developing symptoms during a “long, painful period” that should have caused concern.
Prosecutors said Maradona died after “unprecedented hospitalization, total and reckless inadequacy at home”. Buenos Aires Times reports.
Judge Orlando Diaz issued his command Wednesday – On the same day that Argentine fans celebrated the 36th anniversary of Maradona’s famous “Hand of God” goal to defeat England during their march to the 1986 World Cup.
The shirt Maradona wore that day recently sold at auction for more than $9 million.