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7 accused of involuntary manslaughter in Diago Maradona

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7 accused of involuntary manslaughter in Diago Maradona

Seven health professionals prone to Diego Maradona in the days before his death have been charged with manslaughter.

Maradona, who led Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, died of a heart attack on November 25 at a rented residence near Buenos Aires after brain surgery two weeks earlier. He was 60 years old.

The medical commission’s report to prosecutors this month concluded that Maradona had been in agony for more than 12 hours, had not received adequate treatment and could still be alive if he had been properly hospitalized.

On Wednesday, prosecutors charged involuntary surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Kosachov, two leaders of Maradona’s medical team, and five other health professionals with manslaughter.

The others were a doctor, a psychologist, two nurses and a nurse coordinator.

The medical commission’s report said “signs of risk to the patient’s life have been ignored” and added that Maradona was “showing unequivocal signs of a prolonged period of agony” of at least 12 hours.

The report states that the care Maradona received in the rented house “did not meet the minimum requirements” for a patient with a medical history and that he would have survived with “adequate hospitalization”.

Maradona has suffered a number of medical problems, some due to excess drugs and alcohol. He was reportedly close to death in 2000 and 2004.

Julio Rivas, Luque’s lawyer, said earlier this month that the report’s medical forensics was flawed and “biased … without a scientific basis.”

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