The medical report said that “the signs of the patient’s risk of life were ignored”.
A medical report into Diego Maradona’s death handed to prosecutors on Monday said the Argentinian football legend had been dying for more than 12 hours, had not received adequate treatment and could still be alive if he had been properly hospitalized.
The medical panel worked for two months on the report written by more than 20 doctors. Maradona, who led Argentina to a 1986 World Cup, is considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time.
The document further complicates the defense of seven people under investigation in the case, including brain surgeon Leopoldo Luque and psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov, both of whom worked for Maradona.
Maradona, 60, died of a heart attack at a rented residence outside Buenos Aires following brain surgery on November 3.
The medical report states that “signs of risk to the patient’s life were ignored,” adding that Maradona “showed unequivocal signs of a period of prolonged agony” of at least 12 hours.
The document also stated that the attention Maradona was drawing to the rented house “did not meet the minimum requirements” for a patient with his medical history. He said the Argentine star would not have died with “adequate hospitalization”.
Maradona had suffered from a series of medical problems, some due to drug and alcohol abuse. He is said to be on the verge of death in 2000 and 2004.
Julio Rivas, an attorney for Dr Luque, said he would try to overturn the report’s forensics.
“They made a biased, bad, scientifically baseless report,” he said.