Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentine footballer, died of a heart attack at the age of 60, just weeks after undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
SAN ISIDRO – The psychiatrist who was treating Diego Maradona when he died last November has rejected any culpability for his death, which was attributed to neglect by an expert panel, according to her lawyer.
After being questioned at the San Isidro Prosecutor’s Office outside of Buenos Aires, Agustina Cosachov “gave evidence that she did not commit a killing,” her lawyer stated.
“There is no reason to believe that the mental drug (Cosachov prescribed) and in such doses produced a cardiac deficit,” Vadim Mischanchuk added.
At the age of 60, the 1986 World Cup-winning captain died of a heart attack weeks after undergoing brain surgery to remove a blood clot.
Maradona was discovered dead in bed in a leased residence in an elite Buenos Aires neighborhood where he was receiving home care by Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz.
Cosachov was questioned in the prosecutor’s office for more than six hours on Friday and handed over a lengthy letter before leaving without speaking to the press.
As they walked into the office, Mischanchuk added, “She was a psychiatric doctor.” “She had nothing to do with the patient’s clinical management.”
In a case that has engulfed Argentina, the addiction specialist is one of seven medical professionals being investigated for manslaughter in connection with Maradona’s death.
Cosachov and neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, 39, were the major personnel in charge of Maradona’s care, according to the investigative report.
The suspects will be questioned until next Monday, when Luque will appear before prosecutors. He has also denied any responsibility.
A judge will determine whether or not to order a trial in the next phase of the investigation.
The seven face between eight and 25 years in prison if they are proven guilty at the end of the procedure, which could take years. Until the case is resolved, none of them are allowed to leave the country.
- ‘They killed Diego’ – Prosecutors launched an investigation after a board of specialists investigating the footballer’s death concluded that he was given insufficient care and left to his fate.
A lawyer representing Dahiana Madrid, 36, a co-accused nurse, told prosecutors last week that the doctors in charge had “killed Diego.”
“Finally, there were numerous indicators that Maradona was about to die, give or take a day. And none of the doctors did anything to stop it from happening “Rodolfo Baque, an attorney, claimed at the time.
Psychologist Diaz, 29, has rejected, like Cosachov, that Maradona’s cardiac condition was aggravated by the mental medicine he was receiving.
Madrid and fellow nurse Ricardo Almiron, 37; nursing coordinator Mariano Perroni, 40; and medical coordinator Nancy Forlini are the four other people under investigation who have given testimony thus far.
Luque is blamed by two of Maradona’s children for their father’s deterioration following the brain surgery.
Maradona’s treatment was riddled with “deficiencies and inconsistencies,” according to a panel of 20 medical specialists summoned by Argentina’s public prosecutor last month, and the medical team had left his survival “to fate.”
All have denied any involvement in the death of Maradona, who became a national hero in Argentina after leading the country to its second World Cup victory in 1986.
When he died, the former Boca Juniors, Barcelona, and Napoli great had been battling cocaine and alcohol addictions for years and was suffering from liver, kidney, and cardiovascular problems.