Diego Maradona could have been alive if his medical team was not ‘reckless’

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The death of Diego Maradona is still a source of controversy in his home country, Argentina, five months after his sudden demise.

Maradona who died few weeks after his 60th birthday was said to have died as a result of a heart attack he suffered at his home near the country’s capital, Buenos Aires.

He died about two weeks after he successfully underwent surgery to treat subdural hematoma – a blood clot in the skull. Few days after the surgery, he was discharged and taken to his home to continue with his recovery process.

Nurses were posted to his house to take care of him while his doctor, Leopoldo Luque visited his home when necessary. This procedure continued until November 25 when it was announced that Diego Maradona had passed away.

His country declared three-day national mourning to honor Diego Maradona who until today is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time.

After his burial, Argentina’s justice department set up a team including renowned medical doctors to investigate the nature of the death of the retired footballer who captained the country to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

In the course of the investigation, the investigators visited the home of Leopoldo Luque and went away with a couple of documents in an attempt to ascertain whether the doctor had a hand in the death of Diego Maradona.

Due to the role the doctor played from the point of the surgery until his death, he became more or less the prime suspect in the demise of the footballer.

Diego Maradona in action for Argentina.
Diego Maradona in action for Argentina.

In the report of the investigation which was released to Reuters and dated April 30, it was confirmed that Diego Maradona had the chance to live if his medical team was not reckless.

The outcome of the investigation confirmed that Maradona was seriously sick for 12 hours without being attended to before he died on November 25.

“The action of the health team in charge of treating DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) was inadequate, deficient and reckless”, the outcome of the investigation submitted.

“He presented unequivocal signs of a prolonged agonizing period, so we conclude that the patient was not properly monitored from 00:30 on 25/11/2020.”

As of the time of publishing this report, the next course of action has not been announced and Argentina’s justice department was yet to issue an official statement on the outcome of the investigation.