July 26, 2021

“They killed Diego,” says Maradona’s nurse’s lawyer

“They killed Diego”, said Wednesday June 16 the lawyer Rodolfo Baqué, the defender of one of the nurses of Diego Maradona, accusing the doctors of the legendary Argentine footballer of being responsible for his death.

Me Baqué assured the media that the 1986 world football champion was administered psychiatric drugs that accelerated his pulse even though he was being treated for heart disease. “There is a responsibility of the attending physicians. Basically, there were a lot of warnings that Maradona was going to die overnight. And none of the doctors did anything to prevent it ”, did he declare.

This lawyer defends the nurse Dahiana Madrid, heard Wednesday by the public prosecutor’s office of San Isidro, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, on the circumstances of the death of Maradona on November 25, 2020.

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Diego Maradona, who suffered from kidney, liver and heart problems, died of a heart attack alone at his residence in Tigre, north of Buenos Aires, just weeks after undergoing brain surgery for a blood clot . He was 60 years old.

“Abandoned to his fate”

In early May, an expert report concluded that the former player had been “Abandoned to his fate” by his healthcare team, whose treatment “Inadequate, deficient and reckless” had led him to a slow agony.

Dahiana Gisela Madrid, 36, looked after Diego Maradona by day, while another nurse, Ricardo Almiron, 37, was assigned to watch him at night. The latter denied having abandoned his patient, claiming to have “Received the order not to wake him up”, and indicated that he had never been informed that Diego Maradona was suffering from heart disease.

Mme Madrid discovered the former lifeless player and tried to revive him, she explained in a first statement as a witness. In a report to her superiors, the nurse wrote that she tried to perform these check-ups, but Maradona refused. She then admitted that this report had been drawn up at the request of her superiors.

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The seven members of the player’s medical team face a referral to court depending on the findings of the investigation, and sentences of eight to twenty-five years in prison.

Two daughters of the ex-captain of the Argentina team, Gianinna, 32, and Jana, 25, had shortly after the death publicly pointed out the responsibility of Leopoldo Luque, the star’s personal doctor, in the deterioration of their father’s state of health, triggering legal proceedings.

The World with AFP