It has been reported that soccer legend Diego Maradona, who died from a heart attack while at home in Argentina on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60, may have been the victim of medical negligence by his personal physician, who is a neurosurgeon. According to reports, Maradona’s house and his neurosurgeon’s office were both searched on November 29, 2020, pursuant to legal proceedings.
While detailed facts are scarce, it appears that Maradona was under the care of the neurosurgeon at the time Maradona was admitted to a clinic in La Plata, to “undergo general check-ups for an obvious deterioration in his health.” At that time, the neurosurgeon reportedly discussed Maradona as suffering from dehydration and anemia, and that Maradona “was not eating and that he was psychologically ill.”
On November 26, 2020, Maradona’s house was inspected and it was determined that his house was not an appropriate venue for Maradona to recover after surgery, citing the lack of a defibrillator in the house. A nurse taking care of Maradona at his house reportedly attempted to resuscitate him using CPR but her efforts were unsuccessful.
Maradona’s death was being investigated as suspicious following the complaints of three of his daughters made on November 28, 2020. As part of the investigation into Maradona’s death, requests were made regarding Maradona’s clinical history, his medical treatment, and regarding the period after he reportedly had surgery to evacuate a subdural hematoma on his head. Maradona also reportedly was suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
While an autopsy did not reveal obvious signs of medical malpractice leading to Maradona’s death, prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether medical malpractice caused his death.
About Diego Maradona
Wikipedia states on its website that Diego Armando Maradona, who was born on October 30, 1960, “was an Argentine professional football [soccer] player and manager. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award … Maradona was given the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that stuck with him throughout his career. He also had a troubled off-field life and was banned in both 1991 and 1994 for abusing drugs.“
“In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England that entered football history for two different reasons. The first goal was an unpenalized handling foul known as the “Hand of God,” while the second goal followed a 60 m (66 yd) dribble past five England players, voted “Goal of the Century” by FIFA.com voters in 2002.”
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