It no doubt states with certainty: “Nobody controlled the patient”. His next sentence is strong: “As the investigation progresses, the working hypothesis that there has been fraud has increased”. So 10 days from Diego Armando Maradona’s death, a qualified source with access to the file summarized the status of the open case to determine whether a crime was committed in the circumstances of the death of a world soccer star.
The suspects are the neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque and the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, two professionals who, according to the document included in the court case, were the “medical team” of Maradona during his stay at home in a rented house in the gated neighborhood of San Andrés in Tigre.
“Each new element that was included in the case reinforces the provisional hypothesis that there was a mistake in the treatment Maradona received.We are dealing with the possibility of a crime. You could say that we are facing a culpable homicide, ”maintains the consulted court source.
Article 84 of the Criminal Code provides for a sentence of one to five years in prison for those who, through carelessness, negligence or inability to practice their profession, cause the death of another.
To determine whether there was a crime in the circumstances of Maradona’s death on the 25th of the previous month, San Isidro’s Attorney General, John Broyad, is coordinating a special investigative team consisting of his two deputies, Cosme Iribarrena and Patricio Ferrari, and Benavídez’s lawyer, Laura Capra.
After the stage of gathering evidence is completed and the prosecutors are provided with the results of supplementary examinations from the post-mortem examination (toxicological and histopathological expert opinions), a medical commission consisting of prestigious specialists from various specialties would be convened to determine whether there was a medical malpractice Maradona.
How could he know NATION, The key for the detectives in the case is the document which signed the discharge of Maradona from the Olivos clinic, where he was operated on on July 3 last month due to a subdural hematoma on his head. This report was signed by Luque, Diego’s two daughters, Gianinna and Jana, and the medical director of the health center, Pablo Dimitroff.
The document stated that Maradona did not have a medical discharge, but a discharge from outside, and that Swiss Medical offered to continue psychiatric, clinical and rehabilitation and toxicological treatment as part of hospitalization in a rehabilitation center. It happened on the 12th of last month, and DT from Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata left the Olivos clinic for a rented house in the San Andrés district of Tigre.
In one paragraph, Luque and Cosachov were defined as a “medical team” and it was argued that the specialists “prescribed and the family accepted further and home medical care for the patient” and asked Swiss Medical to accompany them in their care homes and therapeutic assistance. “
“Medical observation is the responsibility of the medical team conducting the therapy and specialists selected by the patient and his family, outside of Swiss Medical,” stated one of the last paragraphs, which is important for investigators in which Luque will be assigned responsibility and a psychiatrist.
According to the evidence gathered by investigators so far, Maradona’s internment at home “was utterly disorganized.”
“There was no patient control and monitoring system. We proved that there was a clinical doctor who visited Maradona in Tigre once or twice, but we don’t know what he did. We did not prove the presence of a cardiologist who treated him for the heart disease he suffered from, ”the court source explained. According to the autopsy, Maradona died of acute, congestive, and chronic heart failure that caused acute pulmonary edema.
The role of Luque
A source who knew in detail the relationship between Maradona and the neurosurgeon explained to him NATION that “every medical practice done on Diego was defined by Luque.” And I add: “Luque is a good kid. Fan of Maradona. He wanted to become world champion, go down in history as the doctor who saved Diego. But he signed the release and now he has to take over.”
Luque was the target of Maradona’s daughters, Dalma, Gianinna, and Jana, who testified before the prosecution conducting the investigation. “Even the podiatrist who visited Diego to have his nails cut, had to ask Luque’s permission to go home,” Diego’s heiresses would have said when he was able to NATION.
“Maradona blindly trusted Luque,” adds a source who knew the doctor-patient relationship. He added: “Diego was convinced that his neurosurgeon operated on a subdural hematoma, but although he was part of the team of professionals in the operating room, he did not operate on it.”
Cosachov prescribed Maradona a number of medications that are commonly used in patients with alcohol dependence, depressive symptoms, and eventually anxiety, but according to forensic sources, there was no control as to whether the prescribed medications could be counterproductive for a patient with a heart condition for which the former footballer suffered.
“Nobody controlled the chaos there. Maradona was in the wrong place for medical scrutiny. Case researchers are struck by the fact that the patient has not been monitored. There were no gadgets or technology to emit warning signals. The treatment Maradona received was far from the art of healing and medical science, ”said LA NACION, a source familiar with the investigation.
In the final hours, Luque had benefited from his release from prison as requested by his defense lawyers Julio Rivas and Mara Digiuni. Guarantee Judge Orlando Díaz understood, in accordance with his resolution, that the “principle of freedom of movement during trial” should apply.
“By legal qualification [homicidio culposo] I can only show that the procedural situation named Luque falls within the hypothesis considered in article 169, paragraph 1 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. [donde se dan las bases para las excarcelaciones] since the maximum amount of the sentence for the offense that is threatened does not exceed eight years imprisonment, and the minimum amount of the sentence is less than three years imprisonment, the extreme that, in the event of a conviction, it may be conditional execution ”Said the judge in his decision.
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