A panel of medical experts has concluded that Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona had suffered from neglect and poor health care before his death.
The Argentine prosecutor had assigned a committee to investigate the work of the medical team that supervised Maradonas health status, after his departure last November.
Maradona died as a result of a stroke at his home in Buenos Aires, when he was sixty years old.
He had undergone surgery to remove a clot in the arteries of the brain at the beginning of November, and the operation was successful, and he was preparing to receive treatment for alcoholism.
The personal life of Maradona, who is considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time, was greatly troubled, and he suffered from cocaine and alcohol addiction.
The football circles around the world mourned for Maradona, who was captain of the Argentine team in the 1986 World Cup matches in Argentina, and question marks were raised about his health care.
The Argentine public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the work of the team of doctors and nurses who oversaw his health care.
The 20-member investigation committee set up by the prosecution met in March to investigate the cause of Maradonas death and whether there was negligence in his care.
What did the commission report reach?
A local newspaper published the findings of the investigation committee.
In its 70-page report, the commission said that Maradonas condition had deteriorated greatly, twelve hours before his death. He did not receive the necessary health supervision and care during that period.
Argentine newspaper “Clarin” quoted the report as saying that the health team supervising Maradona “left him to his fate.”
Health experts said Maradona would have survived his health crisis had he been a hospital inmate instead of receiving care at home.
The report concluded that what the medical care team did was not enough and was characterized by negligence and lack of concern, according to Reuters news agency, which obtained a copy of the report.
Among those under investigation are Maradonas private physician, Leopoldo Locke, and his psychiatrist.
The prosecution will now decide, based on the investigative committee’s report, whether to file an indictment against the care team.
The Clarence newspaper said that the charge of “manslaughter” may be among the charges that may be brought against the team.
The investigations were carried out on the basis of a complaint filed by Maradonas daughter. They raised doubts about their father’s care and treatment after undergoing brain surgery.
No indictment has been brought against Dr. Locke, and he denies any wrongdoing.
Dr. Locke had cried at a press conference in November and said he had done everything he could to save his friend’s life.
Commenting on the journalists’ skeptical questions, he said: Do you want to know my guilt? I loved him, took care of him, prolonged his life, and worked to improve his quality of life.
He said he did everything he could and did the impossible.