The soap opera continues in Argentina.
A macabre soap opera around the death of the god of football, Diego Armando Maradona.
The coordinator of the nurses at the bedside of the mythical number 10, heard Friday by the Argentinian public prosecutor's office, rejects any responsibility for the death of the former champion, transferring it to "the treating doctors", indicated his lawyer.
Mariano Ariel Perroni, 40, arrived shortly after 12 p.m. local time (5 p.m. GMT) with his counsel to be heard by the district attorney in San Isidro, a suburb of Buenos Aires. “He was a kind of staff coordinator, his function was to constitute the team of nurses to check the intake and end of service. He has never been in the house, does not know Maradona, has never been in contact with him, ”Me Miguel Angel Pierri told the press. According to him, "the medical directives emanated from the attending physicians". Mariano Ariel Perroni is questioned as part of an investigation for "manslaughter with aggravating circumstances" to determine if the former champion has been "abandoned" to a slow agony for lack of adequate care.
He is the third member of the healthcare team to be heard after nurse Ricardo Almiron, who looked after Diego Maradona at night, and his colleague Dahiana Madrid, responsible for watching him during the day.
The nurses' lawyers heard on Monday and Wednesday had also relieved their clients of all responsibility.
“There is a responsibility of treating physicians.
There were a lot of warning signs that Maradona was going to die overnight.
And none of the doctors did anything to avoid it, ”declared Me Rodolfo Baqué, defender of Dahiana Madrid.
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"They killed Diego," he said, referring to neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque, psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and psychologist Carlos Diaz, the three doctors who must testify by June 28 before prosecutors.
The nurse coordinator had already assured at the start of the investigation that his role was purely administrative and organizational and that he simply handed over the nurses' attendance register to the medical coordinator of home hospitalization, Nancy Forlini, convened on Monday.
"Abandoned to his fate"
Prosecutors believe, however, that he had "full knowledge of what was done and what was not done" by the nurses and accuse him of having "behaved little in tune with the situation of emergency ”. The captain of the world champion team in Mexico City in 1986, who suffered from kidney, liver and heart problems, died on November 25, 2020 of a heart attack alone at his residence in Tigre, north of Buenos Aires. , just weeks after having brain surgery for a blood clot. He was 60 years old.
In early May, an expert report concluded that the former player had been "abandoned to his fate" by his medical team, whose "inadequate, deficient and reckless" treatment had led him to slow agony. The seven members of the health care team face a referral to court depending on the findings of the investigation.