An Argentine court upheld a ruling that eight medical professionals, including a psychologist, a clinical doctor, a medical coordinator, nursing coordinator and nurses, would face trial over the death of football legend Diego Maradona, who died in November 2020 at the age of 60 while recovering from brain surgery for a blood clot.
Maradona had a history of cocaine and alcohol addictions and was found dead in bed in a rented house in Buenos Aires two weeks after the surgery.
The cause of death was a heart attack. Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and six others had appealed a 2022 decision to put them on trial for homicide with potential aggravating circumstances. Prosecutors accused the medical professionals of involvement in “reckless” and “deficient” home treatment of a patient.
The defendants appealed against the severity of the charges, arguing that they should be accused of involuntary homicide instead. A panel of 20 medical experts had concluded that Maradona “would have had a better chance of survival” with adequate treatment in an appropriate medical facility. No trial date has been announced yet.