One year after Maradona’s death, the keys that support the murder with eventual intent

The prosecutors investigating the circumstances of the death of the former DT de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Diego Armando Maradona, they are convinced that the seven processed health professionals were responsible for a “homicide with eventual intent” and with that cover they plan to take them to oral trial, judicial sources reported.

“It seems that he did a cardiorespiratory arrest and is going to shit dying the fat man.” That phrase that Maradona’s general practitioner and main defendant, Leopoldo Luciano LuqueHe said in an audio message sent to his partner seconds after learning that he was being resuscitated, summarizes for prosecutors the representation of the death result that the former soccer player’s health team had on the patient.

For this reason, the seven doctors and nurses charged at this stage of the file will be sent to trial for “homicide with eventual intent”, a criminal figure that has a penalty of 8 to 25 years in prison, and which means that they knew that Maradona could die and they did nothing to prevent it.

One year after the death of the best soccer player in history, the team of investigators created by the attorney general of San Isidro, John Broyad, and composed of its attachments Patrick ferrari and Cosme Iribarren, and by the Benavídez prosecutor, Laura Capra, prepares the last measures for the next few weeks and then closes this stage of the instruction.

In the San Isidro General Prosecutor’s Office, the judicial command chosen as the base of operations for the prosecutors, they are more than satisfied with the work carried out in a year, taking into account the importance of the victim, the complexity of the investigation and the voluminous nature of a case. which is about to reach body number 40, that is, with almost 8,000 pages (16,000 pages).

The accused are the neurosurgeon Luque (40); the psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov (36); the psychologist Carlos Ángel “Charly” Díaz (29); the coordinating doctor of the prepaid Swiss Medical, Nancy Edith Forlini (52); the nurse coordinator Mariano Perroni (40); and the nurses Ricardo Omar Almirón (38) and Dahiana Gisela Madrid (37).

As they wrote in their indictment, the three prosecutors are convinced that all of them “freed the patient to his fate” and “were jointly and severally responsible” for the end that Maradona had on November 25, 2020, when he died alone in the bed in the playroom of the house in the San Andrés de Tigre neighborhood that had been rented for a home stay that the former soccer player needed to detoxify his addiction to alcohol and that, from the point of view of the investigation, was a failure.

“Maradona could have the best doctors in the world if he wanted, but these he had were trained to realize that since November 16 Diego was in free fall, bedridden, not getting up, not eating, and showing signs clear of the heart failure and the edema that ended up killing him. But with that, they did nothing, “one of the judicial investigators of the case told Télam.

Although it was speculated on the possibility of adding as the eighth accused to Alfredo Di Spagna, the clinical doctor placed in the structure of home hospitalization but who was only able to see Maradona once at Tigre’s house, prosecutors will continue to evaluate his situation.

When reviewing the work of a year, the judicial sources consulted indicated that these are the five keys from which the case was clarified for the prosecutors, limiting the death of Maradona to a medical fact with, for now, seven responsible:

1 – The autopsy

It concluded that Maradona died of “non-traumatic cardiac arrest, secondary to acute pulmonary edema due to exacerbated chronic congestive heart failure.” He detected a “dilated cardiomyopathy” (the heart weighed 500 grams, twice that of a normal one).

Complementary studies determined that he did not have alcohol or illegal drugs in his body, but they did detect the presence of drugs, some contraindicated for heart patients. In addition, they noted a cirrhotic condition in the liver and chronic kidney disease.

2 – Medical history

Prosecutors compiled the complete medical history of the former captain of the Argentine national team champion in the World Cup in Mexico ’86, since January 2000, when he suffered a decompensation in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este that left him on the brink of death and it was discovered that He suffered from severe heart disease, until the time of his death.

All that medical file should have been in the knowledge of his doctors.

3 – The Medical Board

For two months, 22 official and party experts analyzed the medical history and circumstances of Maradona’s death.

They reached 13 conclusions, among which the ex-footballer died 12 hours, that “he was not in full use of his mental faculties”, that he could have had “more chances of survival” if he had been admitted to a clinic, than the Home hospitalization did not have “the minimum guidelines” required for his “complex multiple pathology”, that “Diego’s life-risk signs were ignored and that the treating medical team was” deficient “,” reckless “and” indifferent “to the certain possibility of his death.

4 – The discharge certificate

It was done when on November 11, 2020 they decided to leave the Olivos Clinic to Maradona, after his neurosurgery for a subdural hematoma. It is signed by the defendants Luque and Cosachov, by the medical director of the clinic and by the daughters Jana and Gianinna Maradona.

For prosecutors it is a key document where it was signed who was in charge of Maradona’s health.

There it is recorded that the DT del Lobo at the time was “in conditions of discharge” but “is not on medical discharge.”

Swiss Medical suggested “continuing clinical psychiatric, rehabilitation and toxicological treatment under the modality of hospitalization in a rehabilitation center”, but clarified that the proposal “was not accepted by the family.”

According to the letter, the family, together with Luque and Cosachov, proposed “home health care” for Maradona. The follow-up was “in charge of the treating medical team” and the prepaid was committed to accompany “with the assistance requirements that the clinical picture requires.”

5 – The chats of the doctors and the environment

Four days after Maradona’s death, the prosecutors made the decision to first raid the house and the office of doctor Luque and two days later, those of the psychiatrist Cosachov.

The phones seized from both professionals were key to recovering hundreds of text messages and audio from chats with which they were able to reconstruct various situations of Maradona’s health prior, concomitant and after his death. Some of those messages:

  • Luque: “If the guy dies, they will all come to my neck. How do you suggest that you cover me legally?”

  • Maximiliano Pomargo, Maradona’s personal assistant: “His face is quite swollen.”

  • Luque: “It could be because he was lying down for a long time, that’s normal.”

  • Nicolás Taffarel, kinesiologist: “Last week I told you that you had to lift it because it could cause lung edema.”

Prosecutors also recovered the chat called “Tiger” from the nurses and doctors assigned to the home stay, where it is reported that they saw him swollen, that he once indigested after eating Provencal shrimp, that he fell in his room, that he did not he got up and was sometimes tachycardic. In that chat, there were neither Luque nor Cosachov.

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