The great Argentine soccer player “had not reached his mental capacity to the full” and could have had “a better chance of survival” if he had been admitted to a health facility, the Medical Association concluded in their report that will become part of the part of the inquisition of this one The prosecutor handling the case confirmed death to CNN.
The investigators are investigating, among other things, why the former soccer player was treated in a house in his last days and whether his mental state enabled him to make decisions and whether he could not be treated because of his heart disease, among other things.
Each of these elements are mentioned in the Medical Board report that CNN received from a source working on the case.
No one has been formally charged, but seven people have been told they are being investigated despite declining responsibility.
“He would have had a better chance of survival”
“While it is counterfactual to say that DAM (Diego Armando Maradona) would not have died if he had been treated appropriately, we agree he would have had a better chance considering what happened in the days leading up to his death was known to survive if treated according to medical best practices in a health facility, “the report said.
The work of the Maradona medical team, led by neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, has been heavily criticized by investigators.
Not only did the board of directors call their actions “inadequate, inadequate and inconsiderate”, but it was also possible to conclude that the medical team viewed the patient’s possible death completely and completely, were completely indifferent to the possibility, and their actions did not alter their behavioral or treatment plan which perpetuates the harmful omissions outlined above and leaves the patient’s health to chance. “
In November, Luque told prosecutors about his professional relationship with Maradona. “There is nothing to suggest that I was negligent,” he said.
In December, Cosachov’s attorney told CNN that his client “had used her best judgment from a medical point of view.”
“He started dying at least 12 hours earlier.”
The experts also confirmed the results of an autopsy which found that the cause of death was “acute pulmonary edema due to the exacerbation of chronic heart failure” and tests found no drugs or alcohol in his system.
However, they did point out that Maradona, who was 60 at the time of his death, was in constant agony.
“DAM began dying at least 12 hours before 12.30pm on 11/25/2020, which means there were unmistakable signs of a period of ongoing agony, and as a result we conclude that the patient was not adequately monitored from 00:30” on this day.
“The warning signs that the patient was showing have been ignored,” the experts continue, who also mention an audio message that physiotherapist Nicolás Taffarel sent to Maradona’s relatives.
“Last week I told them we had to get him up because he could develop pulmonary edema,” he said.
“He had not used his mental faculties to the full”
The former soccer player “was not fully mentally able, nor was he able to make health decisions, at least from the time he was admitted to the medical clinic in the city of La Plata.” according to the message.
It continues with the alleged “home clinic” that Maradona received in a house in Tigre, north of Buenos Aires, after he was checked out of the Olivos clinic on November 11 and died two weeks later.
The board said home hospitalization was “not because the basic conditions for hospitalization of a patient with multiple complex pathologies such as those of the DAM did not exist”.
The medical experts also claimed that the in-house nursing team was “plagued by irregularities and deficiencies” and that the “correct controls and care” had not been carried out by “practicing doctors” and “therapeutic assistants”.
Finally, the board discussed the psychiatric drugs prescribed for Maradona.
Although it is “suitable for his nerve disorder in terms of both dosage and posology”, it cannot be ruled out that “this drug played no role in the fatal outcome”, since “no cardiological or laboratory tests have been carried out in the 14 years” Days before death. “
While all of the individuals investigated state that they have not committed any wrongdoing, they have not yet commented on the report by the medical committee, which is being analyzed by prosecutors working on the case to decide how to proceed with the judicial investigation.
Diejo Laje contributed to this report.