It’s hard to find an Argentinian who doesn’t mourn the god of football. Diego Maradona’s surgeon, targeted by an investigation for manslaughter after the death of the football idol, from a heart attack, defended Sunday, November 29 by evoking, with great emotion, his efforts to help “An unmanageable patient”.
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The police raided the office and home of Dr. Leopoldo Luque on Sunday looking for evidence of possible professional negligence, according to the public prosecutor’s office in San Isidro, near Buenos Aires.
The investigation was sparked by statements from Dalma, Gianinna and Jana, three daughters from Maradona, about how the former footballer’s heart problem was handled at his residence in Tigre, north of the Argentine capital.
Dr Luque said in a televised press conference between two sobs:
“Do you want to know what I’m responsible for?” For loving him, for taking care of him, for extending his life, for improving it until the end. ““In Argentina, Maradona arouses a visceral identification within the popular classes”
A “father more than a patient”
Dr Luque, 39, considered himself ” a friend “ of Maradona and saw him “Like a father, not like a patient”. He does not know why there was no heart attack defibrillator at his residence in Tigre, and he did indicate that he was not his attending physician.
“I am a neurosurgeon”, said Dr Luque, who had operated on Maradona for a brain hematoma on November 3. “I am the person who took care of him [depuis l’opération]. I am proud of everything I have done. I have nothing to hide. I am at the disposal of justice “, added Dr Luque.
Maradona died on November 25 from a heart attack in bed. It was “Unmanageable”, according to Dr. Luque.
“He should have gone to a rehabilitation center [après son opération]. He didn’t want, and he didn’t want a therapeutic companion either. “
No defibrillator, no ambulance
According to Dr. Luque, Diego “Was very sad, he wanted to be alone, and it wasn’t because he didn’t love his daughters, his family, or those around him. […] He was brave “.
“The clinic had recommended that he go elsewhere to be hospitalized, but the family decided otherwise. His daughters signed his discharge from hospital “, said a family member from Maradona, on condition of anonymity.
The day after his death, lawyer Matias Morla, friend of Maradona, denounced the fact on Thursday “That the ambulance took more than half an hour to get to the house where the 10 was” and warned that he would go ” until the end “.
“A psychiatrist had asked that there always be an ambulance in front of his house”, also revealed Dr. Luque. “I don’t know who is responsible for the fact that there was no ambulance [ce jour-là] “, he added.
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The 1986 world champion died on Wednesday at the age of 60 from the aftermath “Secondary acute pulmonary edema and exacerbated chronic heart failure”.
No complaint has yet been filed. “The investigation was opened because it is about a deceased person in her home and no one has signed her death certificate. This does not mean that there are suspicions of irregularities ”, a judicial source said, on condition of anonymity.
The San Isidro public prosecutor’s office is awaiting the results of toxicological tests. He demanded the medical file as well as the recordings of the cameras of the district where Diego Maradona lived his last days.
The 1986 world champion appeared very weak on October 30, the date of his last appearance, the day of his 60e anniversary, to lead the training of the players of the club of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. “That day, I did not find him good”, also confided Dr. Luque.